Caplan challenged partisans to see if they could explain and the positions of their opponents well enough to pass as one of their ideological enemies. He offered his original challenge to Paul Krugman for an economics-off, but I've borrowed the idea and put a religious spin on it. Here, Christians will sham amidst a group on genuine atheists and vice versa. The plausibility of their conterfeits will be determined by open voting. The first Ideological Turing Test: Religion Edition took place in July 2011, but it may be repeated in the future. SIGN UP HERE.
You can find all relevant posts under the tag "ideological turing test," but the links below should help you navigate the competition.
List of Contest Questions - Four questions to answer in the guise of atheists, four to answer as Christians
Answers to Atheist Prompts - This link will let you peruse all the answers to the questions for atheists. See if you can pick out which are sincere and which were written by Christians!
Judging the Atheist Responses - Voting is now closed. Read through the answers and rate whether you think the author is sincere or shamming.
Methodology Clarification - Answering some of the questions raised in the first round of the experiment
Answers to Christian Prompts - This collection of responses has the atheists shamming and the Christians speaking honestly
Judging the Christian Responses - Voting is now OPEN. Read through the answers and rate whether you think the author is sincere or shamming.
The Big Reveal - A list of everyone who participated with a brief description of their beliefs and links to which posts they wrote
Winners in the Atheist Round - Which Christians managed to talk the talk and which got caught?
Winners in the Christian Round - Atheists and Christians made very different guesses
Statistics and Awards - Who was most persuasive when they took the other side?
Oh, and bonus points to anyone who manages to convert or deconvert a reader while arguing the side you don't believe.