Leah Libresco sent me the following interesting announcement:
Economist Brian Caplan designed an Ideological Turing Test to help people check their biases and blindspots. To pass a standard Turing Test, a computer needs to be able to be able to imitate human conversation well enough to trick a human. To pass an Ideological Turing Test, you need to imitate your ideological opponent well enough to be indistinguishable from one. The goal is to make sure your internal conception of the other side that you’ve been attacking isn’t a straw man.
I’ve set up a competition of this form with a religious twist. A slate of fifteen people (some atheist, some Christian) have spent the past week answering questions meant for atheists). Now, I need judges to look through the entries and guess which were written sincere atheists and which by shamming Christians. The whole process will be repeated next week with questions meant for Christians. You can read more about the experiment here and you can start reading and evaluating the contestants here. Graphs and statistics to follow!