Who Won the Atheist Round?

Who Won the Atheist Round? July 20, 2011

The answers are up, and now that we know the truth, it’s time to see how well the contestants did in the Ideological Turing Test. The graph below (sample size 1133) shows what atheists made of the responses in the first round.

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If you rank participants according to the percent of respondents who rated them “Lean Atheist” or “Atheist,” the top scorers were:

  1. Entry #1 (Kat – Christian) with 94%
  2. Entry #6 (Anonymous – Christian) with 87%
  3. Entry #3 (Chris – Christian) with 80%
  4. Entry #12 (Me – Atheist) with 71%

The first three are the winning Christians (and I take home the Most Atheist Atheist prize for the round).  My cutoff for a win was based on the average of all ratings for an entry (using the coding Atheist = 0, Lean Atheist = 1, Lean Christian = 2, Christian = 3).  Winners had an average score of <1, i.e.their average rating fell in the Atheist to Lean Atheist range.

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Christians (sample size = 123) tended to have similar ratings, but, if you apply the same metric above, I fall out of the winners circle and the order shakes out to Chris > Kat > Anonymous with 86%, 78%, and 77% respectively.

Oh, and two Christians got made by both groups.

  1. Entry #2 (Nathan – Christian) with 25%
  2. Entry #10 (Lorilyn – Christian) with 28%
Both of these entries had an average rating >2, which meant that their aggregate score fell in the Lean Christian – Christian range, so I’m pegging them as well and truly rumbled.
This kind of breakdown for the Christian round will come tomorrow.  And then I’ll take a look at the reasoning offered by participants, test the hypothesis that people exposed to more than one religion scored better,  and examine an alternate scoring system that rates the ‘Atheist’ answers more heavily than ‘Lean Atheist.’
Til then, content yourself with the full list of rankings under the jump.

Entries are listed from most atheist average score to least atheist, so the percentages may not be strictly decreasing.
  1. Entry #1 (Kat – Christian) with 94%
  2. Entry #6 (Anonymous – Christian) with 87%
  3. Entry #3 (Chris – Christian) with 80%
  4. Entry #12 (Me – Atheist) with 71%
  5. Entry #4 (Brian – Christian) with 68%
  6. Entry #13 (Adam – Atheist) with 64%
  7. Entry #8 (Bo – Atheist) with 64%
  8. Entry #14 (Jeannine – Christian) with 61%
  9. Entry #9 (Peter – Atheist) with 61%
  10. Entry #15 (Tristyn – Christian) with 49%
  11. Entry #7 (Alex – Atheist Christian) with 44%
  12. Entry #11 (Charles – Atheist) with 42%
  13. Entry #5 (Michael – Atheist) with 36%
  14. Entry #10 (Lorilyn – Christian) with 28%
  15. Entry #2 (Nathan – Christian) with 25%
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