Christian H’s Turing Strategy

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Christian H inspired the bonus question in this year's Ideological Turing Test, and took home a prize for Miss Intellectual Congeniality when his honest Christian round entry turned out to be the one that atheist judges were most likely to rate as written by someone interesting enough to have a coffee-argument with.  However, his fellow Christians didn't recognize him as one of our own.  He was the least likely real Christian to be recognized as such, and only 11% of Christian judges rated him as … [Read more...]

Atheist Round Winners [Turing 2013]

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You may want to keep this year’s answer key and list of entries in the atheist round handy while you read the results.Atheists earned their reputations as skeptics in this round, as their scores were much lower than the Christians gave in their round.  By the crudest metric -- percent of entries with more than a 50% pass (Very Likely Atheist + Likely Atheist) -- only six entries out of eleven hit the mark among the atheists.  For the Christians, only three entries didn't hit this benchmark.   … [Read more...]

Christian Round Winners [Turing 2013]

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You may want to keep this year's answer key and list of entries in the Christian round handy while you read the results.The top three scorers (as measured by the percent of  Christians rating the entry "Very Likely Christian") were all genuine Christians.  Beth (entry 6) was most likely to be judged very likely Christian (77% of judges).  Following her were Gilbert (entry 9 - 58%) and Brendan Hodge (entry 11 - 43%).But the next three entrants were all atheists.  Chana Messinger (entry 4) … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Answer Key

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Pencils down and masks off!  Tomorrow, I'll be posting the winners in the Christian round, and the Atheist round winners on Wednesdays, but you can all start scoring yourselves now, because our lovely contestants were...  Christians: Beth - Author of C6 and A[this is the person who didn't send an 'A' response] I was raised Roman Catholic and cut my apologetic teeth in discussions with atheist friends.  I just finished my MA in Theology (my only 2 years of Catholic school). I consider … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Atheist Round Entries Index

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In a conventional Turing Test, computer programmers try to write a computer program that can pass for human. In the Ideological Turing Test, atheists and Christians test how well they understand each other by trying to talk like each other. All the entries in the atheist round are collected below, so, in these answers, atheist contestants answer honestly, and Christians impersonate atheists as best they can. You can click on each link to read the entry to decide whether you think the author is … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Christian Round Entries Index

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In a conventional Turing Test, computer programmers try to write a computer program that can pass for human. In the Ideological Turing Test, atheists and Christians test how well they understand each other by trying to talk like each other. All the entries in the Christian round are collected below, so, in these answers, Christian contestants answer honestly, and atheists impersonate Christians as best they can. You can click on each link to read the entry to decide whether you think the author … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Atheist Entry #11

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This is the eleventh and final entry in the Atheist round of the 2013 Ideological Turing Test.  This year, atheists and Christians responded to questions about sex, death, and literature.    Polyamory I feel that polyamorous dating is perfectly ethical; there's nothing wrong with honest, respectful, and loving relationships, and I have seen no evidence that polyamorous relationships are any less likely to be honest, respectful, and loving. Nevertheless, I think that polygamous m … [Read more...]


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