Prep for Judging Ideological Turing Test

Thanks for your suggestions, the survey is now LIVE.  There are fifteen Ideological Turing Test contestants in all, and, starting tomorrow, you’ll get the chance to vote on which of the answers to questions for atheists were truly written by atheists. I’ll be posting all the remaining entries by noon on Friday, and then I’ll open up a link to a Google form for voting. I’m finishing up the survey instrument tonight, and I wanted to open up suggestions for questions.There are a bunch of ent … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #10

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here.What's your best reason for being an atheist?Evidence, plain and simple. There is no historical evidence compelling enough that can be accepted based on actual facts. Previous reasons for believing in gods were based on events, such as the creation of the world, weather patterns, etc, people and cultures could not explain. Now … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #9

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here.What's your best reason for being an atheist?My best reason for being an atheist is simply that it is the default position. I have not encountered any sufficiently strong reason to cause me to believe that there is a supernatural power, and so I go back to the default position that there isn’t a supernatural power. It would seem a … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #8

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here.What's your best reason for being an atheist?I'm an atheist for several reasons, but there are two reasons that are primary. One is that the reality I've experienced so far is consistent with there being no God. It seems to me that reality is furthermore not consistent with the existence of the God typically described by … [Read more...]

In the Company of Men

First things first, I want to give credit to Hemant Mehta who originally posted on the Rebecca Watson/sexual harassment/privilege dispute in a way that ticked a lot of feminists off. Yesterday he clarified and reflected, and I appreciate his patience and willingness to listen when people tried to argue respectfully.  Here's part of what he wrote that I think is especially good: Some people (mostly men) have said the elevator incident wasn’t a big deal. Here’s what you may not understand (and I d … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #7

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here.What's your best reason for being an atheist?I'd say that the best reason is the simplest: the lack of sufficient evidence that a god or god exists. Although, I have to say that this is tempered by the problem of definition. An omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent being is logically impossible, but once you get to different … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #6

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here.What's your best reason for being an atheist?This is like asking: “What's your best reason for not believing in a wide variety of mutually contradictory stories about magical invisible playground swings?” If I really need reasons, here are a few:Without even considering the space of all possible deities (which is huge), just … [Read more...]


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