2015 Ideological Turing Test [Index Post]

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A conventional Turing Test checks whether a computer program can convincingly counterfeit human conversation.  An Ideological Turing Test checks whether someone can convincingly imitate the beliefs and reasoning of someone they disagree with.  It's a way to see how well you understand the ideas you would like to debunk.This year, I looked through your suggested questions for a Christian/Non-Christian (mostly atheist) Ideological Turing Test, and these are the questions I asked contestants to … [Read more...]

Nice Guys and Casual Dates [Sequence Index]

going-steady

In the Fall, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of... friendzoning?  In September 2014, several other bloggers and I wound up in a dialogue about friendship, romance, and the very rickety bridge that connects them. We talked about the why of the frustration behind, "But I'm a Nice Guy!" (not to mention the frustration that girls feel when they get hit by that phrase) and the societal shifts that may make it a lot harder to date and discern marriage."Why is it easier to ask out s … [Read more...]

Sondheim Symposium on Friendship [Sequence Index]

friend cake

In the summer of 2014, I reprised my successful Sondheim Symposium birthday party of two years prior.  In 2012, we watched Company and Passion and argued about romantic love.  This year, we paired Merrily We Roll Along (Sondheim's musical that tracks the collapse of a friendship) with the "Philia/Friendship" chapter from C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves.  (For extra credit, party attendees could also read Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx).We ate thematically appropriate cake (see abo … [Read more...]

Reading through 2014 with Pope Francis [Index Post]

open mind faithful heart

Throughout 2014, I'll be reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s collections of meditations: Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Friday, I'll be reading the next meditation in the series (spiritual reading is my Friday discipline) and then posting a reaction on Monday.  Commenters are heartily invited to read along and contribute your thoughts. Part 1: Encountering JesusJesus in Dialogue -- "An Inheritance of Joy" (1/6/ … [Read more...]

My Week at Rationalist Summer Camp [Sequence Index]

Giving my Harry Potter genetics talk at camp

After spending a week at geek summer camp (not that one!) in July 2012, I never got around to assembling the index post for all the blogging I did in response to the workshop.  But, at least I'm just sneaking in ahead of this year's workshop.  I still think the best summary of CFAR's workshops is the one I posted last year: This is the kind of summer camp where, before you go, they send you and two close friends a detailed survey, so they have a baseline to assess the impact of the camp on you i … [Read more...]

Cultivating Curiosity [Index]

"Don't you understand?  If curiosity kills the cat in the game... it dies in real life!"

Back in September, Bob Seidensticker of the Atheist channel took on a challenge to try 40 days of prayer, and he asked some of the Christian Patheosi what we thought he needed to do to give it a fair shot.  While other people talked about thankfulness and humility, I kinda ended up talking about Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing).  But seriously, I find this approach helpful for considering ideas and worldviews I disagree with, and short circuiting antagonistic feelings that may keep me from lo … [Read more...]

The Inspector Javert Medley [Sequence Index]

Isn't moral conviction dreamy?

I may not have drawn little hearts in my middle school notebooks labelled "Leah + Inspector Javert" but I've loved him far too much since the first time I saw Les Miserables.  (And, this year, I immediately dibsed his part when organizing a Les Mis flashmob).  But some of the things I've loved most about the adamant Inspector are the things I've had to set aside in order to be a Christian.  So, to mark the occasion of the movie's release, I wrote three meditations on the  … [Read more...]


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