This 35-year-old Gentleman from Somerville, Massachusetts may look like a self-confident practical manager.
However, this Jewish-American holder of a degree in psychology was an intellectual who wrote 1,904 or 1,905 pages of wisdom about freedom, nihilism, transhumanism, sociobiology, God, Judaism, Jewish symbols, Jewish IQ, Anglo-Saxon history, referring to Socrates, Newton, Einstein, Pinker, Dawkins, Mansfield, Dershowitz, and many others, before he shot himself on the top step of Harvard's Memorial Church - in front of dozens of people - on Saturday.
Suicide note found online (Harvard Crimson)Sad. And a pretty impressive stuff.
Suicide Note (PDF, 1,905 pages)
Unfortunately, I doubt that his ultimate sacrifice will earn his opus - which he considered so important - a deserved number of readers although it has already been shown that the number is vastly higher than zero.
But when you compare him with the typical environmental activists and terrorists who recently died in the Discovery Channel or in a family tragedy, and maybe even if you don't compare him to anyone, you must conclude: wow, this guy was a man of wisdom...
Heisman has predicted that his work would be repressed. I am afraid that it will be ignored.
Harvard's Memorial Church, the place where he ended his life; see Google Maps. It's 280 meters from Jefferson Physics Labs where I've worked for 6 years.
Mitchell Heisman when he was found at the staircase: click to zoom in.
See this story in the Harvard Crimson for more pictures and the news that appeared immediately after he pulled the trigger and before the media knew his name.
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