What kind of humanist is Orac?

At the risk of annoying certain people who think these things are frivolous...another test that's been making the rounds of the scientific and skeptical blogosphere. I actually took this about a week ago but, stung by criticism of last week's test, debated whether or not to post it all week.

In any case, it amuses me to take a test called "What kind of humanist are you?" because Orac is not "human," as he has told you so many times. However, this silly little test suggests the kind of humanist Orac's creator Ensor might have been:


You go out of your way to build bridges with people of different views and beliefs and have quite a few religious friends. You believe in the essential goodness of people , which means you’re always looking for common ground even if that entails compromises. You would defend Salman Rushdie’s right to criticise Islam but you’re sorry he attacked it so viciously, just as you feel uncomfortable with some of the more outspoken and unkind views of religion in the pages of this magazine.

You prefer the inclusive approach of writers like Zadie Smith or the radical Christian values of Edward Said. Don’t fall into the same trap as super–na├»ve Lib Dem MP Jenny Tonge who declared it was okay for clerics like Yusuf al–Qaradawi to justify their monstrous prejudices as a legitimate interpretation of the Koran: a perfect example of how the will to understand can mean the sacrifice of fundamental principles. Sometimes, you just have to hold out for what you know is right even if it hurts someone’s feelings.

What kind of humanist are you? Click here to find out.

This cannot be right. Ensor was definitely a prickly character, and so is Orac. On the other hand, I do get the feeling that I seem to be considerably less hostile towards religion than most of my fellow skeptical bloggers.

(Via Anne.)


  1. Sorry, no. I don't believe it. You're not a handholder. I would have predicted hardhat and would have believed either hairshirt or hedonist, but I'm not buying handholder unless your blog personality is radically different from your non-web personality.

    BTW, I got hardhat when I took the quiz.

  2. Like dianne (and, for that matter, PZ) I'm apparently a 'hardhat'. Rather annoyed by the accusations of intolerance therein, though - I don't have to put up with nonsense like that.

  3. Hmm, I came out a handholder too. No wonder I enjoy Orac's blog.


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