Sign up to play in the Ideological Turing Test!

Thanks for all your feedback on picking questions for the Turing Test.  This year the slate of questions for Atheists and Christians will be identical.  Everyone will answer the following questions:

  1. When (if ever) have you deferred to your philosophical or theological system over your intuitions?
  2. Are there people whose opinions on morality you trust more than your own? How do you recognize them? How is trusting them different than trusting someone’s opinion on physics?
  3. Can you name any works of art (interpreted pretty broadly: books, music, plays, poetry, mathematical proofs, etc) which really capture the way you see life/fill you with a sense of awe and wonder?  You can give a short explanation or just list a few pieces.

Last year’s questions were more focused on apologetics and argument.  (“What should convince people? What would convince you? etc). This year’s prompts are about epistemology and experience.  I expect they’ll be a little more personal and unusual, since we don’t usually start internet arguments by arguing about our own beliefs.

So now it’s time to SIGN UP if you’d like to enter.  Make sure you’re confident you can turn around your answers quickly, if you’re considering signing up.  I leave for England next week, so this will be a little by-the-seat-of-our-pants.  I’ll need answers to both sections by Wednesday May 23rd, so I’m going to be very fast about notifying participants that they’ve been selected.  Answers are supposed to be about ~200 words each, with a little room for fudging or making one answer longer and the other ones short.

If there are any atheist or Christian bloggers you’d like me to specifically ask to participate, let me know.

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About Leah Libresco

Leah Anthony Libresco graduated from Yale in 2011. She works as a statistician for a school in Washington D.C. by day, and by night writes for Patheos about theology, philosophy, and math at She was received into the Catholic Church in November 2012."