Guess who moved to Patheos?

Eve Tushnet!You may remember her from this NYT profile: "A Gay Catholic Voice Against Same-Sex Marriage."  But if you're a regular reader of the blog, you must also remember Eve from all the time's I've sent you over to her blog because she's come up with short and cogent ways to think about philosophy problems (remember metaphysical backsliding?).  Or her long and thought-provoking ways of thinking.She's also an alum of my very pugilistic philosophical debating group.  (And one of the ma … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (6/1/12)

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--- 1 --- This week, while you've been voting in the atheist round of the Ideological Turing Test, I've been in England.  And there was one place I knew I had to go:Seriously.  Giant steam engines.  Giant, operating steam engines.--- 2 --- Another mandatory stop: the Broad Street Pump (replica) that proto-epidemiologist John Snow destroyed to stop a cholera epidemic.  [/Repeating my plea to have you all read The Ghost Map.]It turns out it's hard to find a pose that accu … [Read more...]

LessWrong’s cutting checks for epistemology drills

If you're casting around for something to do while you finish voting in the Atheist round of the Ideological Turing Test and await the beginning of the Christian one, you should take a look at Less Wrong's new open call.The Yudkowsky outfit has been brainstorming exercises for its in-development rationality curriculum.  They post a cognitive Skill of the Week (SotW), and ask for ideas about how people could build up good habits.  Defeating a bad heuristic has two steps: noticing you're using … [Read more...]

All the Atheist Round Posts are Up!

If you've been waiting to vote in the Ideological Turing Test until all the entries in the round were posted, now's your chance. You can browse all thirteen entries at the index post. Currently, the sample sizes are lower than I'd like, so, by all means, forward the link around to any friends, listservs, or bloggers you think might enjoy the project. This isn't a rigorous scientific poll, so snowball sampling is a-ok.The first entries in the Christian round will start going up either Friday … [Read more...]

[Turing 2012] Atheist Answer #13

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This is the thirteenth and final entry in the Atheism round of the 2012 Ideological Turing Test for Religion. In this round, the honest answers of atheists are mixed in with Christians’ best efforts to talk like atheists. It’s your job to see if you can spot the difference. The voting link appears at the end of the entry, and you can look at all entries in this round here. When (if ever) have you deferred to your philosophical or theological system over your intuitions?Unlike som … [Read more...]

[Turing 2012] Atheist Answer #11

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This is the eleventh entry in the Atheism round of the 2012 Ideological Turing Test for Religion. In this round, the honest answers of atheists are mixed in with Christians’ best efforts to talk like atheists. It’s your job to see if you can spot the difference. The voting link appears at the end of the entry, and you can look at all entries in this round here. When (if ever) have you deferred to your philosophical or theological system over your intuitions?I am not of settled mi … [Read more...]

[Turing 2012] Atheist Answer #12

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This is the twelfth entry in the Atheism round of the 2012 Ideological Turing Test for Religion. In this round, the honest answers of atheists are mixed in with Christians’ best efforts to talk like atheists. It’s your job to see if you can spot the difference. The voting link appears at the end of the entry, and you can look at all entries in this round here. When (if ever) have you deferred to your philosophical or theological system over your intuitions?This is a weird que … [Read more...]


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