My last intellectual Turing test was quite popular, so I am organizing another one!
The Ideological Turing Test, invented by Bryan Caplan, is a test of how well people understand other people’s viewpoints. The regular Turing test is a test for programmers: can you write a computer program which a human being cannot tell apart from another human being? The Intellectual Turing Test is a test for people who believe things: can you explain your opponent’s viewpoints in such a way that your opponent cannot tell it apart from someone who legitimately believes the opinion? If you can, it shows you understand your opponent’s positions on a deep level.
One of the big criticisms of the last Turing test is that it was hard to judge anti-social-justice entries because anti-social-justice people believe a lot of different things. Therefore, this Turing test will feature two specific groups of people.
The Gender Identity category consists of people who believe trans people are motivated to transition because of their gender identity, gender dysphoria, or both. Gender identity is an inner sense of oneself as male, female, or nonbinary, which can be separated both from one’s conformity to gender roles and one’s biological sex. Gender dysphoria is a sense of dissonance because either one’s social role or one’s physical sex does not match one’s preferred gender.
The Blanchard-Bailey category consists of people who believe that trans women can be divided into two groups. Homosexual transsexuals are androphilic, feminine, and transitioning because it is easier to be a passing woman than a feminine man. Autogynephilic transsexuals are gynephilic, masculine, and transitioning because of their sexual fetish for and/or romantic attraction to the idea of themselves as women.
(If you have some different viewpoint on trans people, then this is not the ITT for you.)
The questions you have to answer are the following:
- How do you define woman/man?
- What are your opinions on the cotton ceiling?
- Why are trans women disproportionately likely to be programmers?
- a. [If answering for the Gender Identity side] Why do many trans women experience sexual fantasies about being or becoming a woman?
b. [If answering for the Blanchard-Bailey side] Explain trans people assigned female at birth.
Last time, there was a problem of too many submissions, some of which were boring or low-effort. If you would like to participate, sometime before March 1st you should write and send me your answers to both sides, as well as which side you are actually on. I will read your answers and tell you whether I will run them.
Things that are more likely to get your answers accepted:
- Being clearly well-thought-out.
- Answers longer than a paragraph for each question.
- Unusual or bizarre opinions.
- Being on the side that is unpopular or bad at writing.
- Being sufficiently locally famous that I’m curious how people will respond to you.
As always, I am happy to use a pseudonym for anyone, so you do not have to be afraid that people will disapprove of you for confessing to thinking Blanchard-Bailey is correct. I am also happy to link to any Tumblrs, Twitters, blogs, works of fiction, manifestos, etc. that you would like to promote.
Please email me your submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions sent in other ways may not be seen.