Returning to Turing Test Methodology

ITT sample size

I'm a little disappointed in the commentariat for not bitching me out when I showed you the winners and losers in the Christian and Atheist rounds of the Turing Test without ponying up sample size numbers.  This year, each entry had its own survey link, so the number of respondents was not constant across a round.  A fairly predictable trend emerged.Note: This isn't the total number of respondents, it's the N for the number of self-declared atheists judging the first round and self-declared C … [Read more...]

Thanks for your patience and persistence. Here are some charts.

I really want to thank everyone for the tone of the replies so far.  Some of the comment threads elsewhere on the internet have gotten a little unpleasant, but over here, it looks like the regular readers are taking this with mostly civil anger.  Which is a totally reasonable response.  If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I have a lot more respect for people who do pick fights when the stakes are high than "Oh, everyone's entitled to their opinion" types.  Ideas hav … [Read more...]

Gilbert’s Turing Strategy and Judging Heuristic

Gilbert of The Last Conformer was one of the two all-around winners of this year's Ideological Turing Test, and now he's got two posts up laying out his approach to passing for an atheist and winkling out impersonators in both rounds. I really enjoy the behind the scenes looks everyone is giving us with these follow-up essays.  So, without further ado:Gilbert's writing strategy: My strategy was a compromise. From my honest answers I subtracted the parts that wouldn't fly and then filled the … [Read more...]

More Turing Strategies and Reflections

Jacob of The Thoughtful Atheist and Matt of Soul Sprawl have both written up their thoughts on playing in the Ideological Turing Test.Jacob (entries A12 and C1) - Ideological Turing Test Complete! ... you failed First, a brief description of my strategy: for my Athiest entry, I tried to describe reality as I see it if Atheism is true. I can't really be upset that most people found it not very compelling- I don't find it very compelling myself. But I do find it the most internally … [Read more...]

Eve Tushnet’s Turing Reflections

There's more quantitative Turing analysis to come, but, in the meantime, you may want to check out two posts Eve Tushnet has written on her experience reading the entries and writing her own.Ideological Turing Test Results–Sin makes me stupid! This is a thing where atheists and Christians attempt to answer questions both from their own POV/beliefs and from the “other side.” The stated objective, per Leah, is to give “a nice way to see how well both sides understand how the other team thinks. … [Read more...]

Christian Round Winners [Turing 2012]

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As was the case yesterday, you may want to keep this year's answer key and the list of Christian answers at hand while you look through the results from round two.The top three scorers in round two were all sincere Christians.  Eve Tushnet took home 'Most Christian Christian' with 88% of Christian respondents rating her entry number nine as 'Likely Christian' or 'Very Likely Christian.'  The next two slots were won by Elliot (entry five, 86%) and Gilbert (entry six, 85%).So before I tell … [Read more...]

Atheist Round Winners [Turing 2012]

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May I have the envelope please?  (You may want to keep the answer key and the list of entries handy in another tab).  Drumroll.... The Most Atheist Atheist was Shawn (blogger at Belief in People and entry number four) who scored 81%.  Right behind him were two successful Christians: Gilbert from The Last Conformer (entry five, 78%) and Elliot from The Paraphasic (entry eleven, 71%). All the other Christians clustered at the bottom of the heap.  The only actual atheist to get stuck down there wi … [Read more...]


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