This is lots of fun

While these results don't surprise me, I do admit to having played with the quiz after I first got the results below by quizzing blind (for the first time) and assuming that all references to spirituality and afterlife were entirely religious in nature.  On some of the questions, if I define the words literally (which one would expect in a "scientific" test), I get different responses.  See below this version for the response I get if I answer based on a literal translation of the questions.

You fit in with:

Your ideals mostly resemble those of an Atheist. You have very little faith and you are very focused on intellectual endeavors. You value objective proof over intuition or subjective thoughts. You enjoy talking about ideas and tend to have a lot of in depth conversations with people.

40% scientific.
100% reason-oriented.

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If I answer based on literal definitions of the words in the questions (including knowing what spirituality, soul, technical and afterlife mean in purely academic terms), here's what I get:

You fit in with:

Your ideals mostly resemble that of a Humanist. Although you do not have a lot of faith, you are devoted to making this world better, in the short time that you have to live. Humanists do not generally believe in an afterlife, and therefore, are committed to making the world a better place for themselves and future generations.

20% scientific.
80% reason-oriented.

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That seems an interesting disparity, wouldn't you agree?  It's not until you look at the results shown in the chart that you understand the two responses are relatively close together.  However, even if you consider the chart location, I could further manipulate the results, while still answering honestly, by interpreting the questions differently.  Each translation of the text seemed as valid as the one before.

This is precisely why I have fun doing these online quizzes but don't hesitate in understanding that they are meaningless entertainment only, none of them having yet shown any scientific method of accuracy or reliability.  They all generate results based on the authors' points of view as interpreted by those of the test takers.  While this certainly gives tremendous weight to the idea of using them for fun, it completely negates their use as scientific tools.  (This, I will remind you, has not been claimed.)

In this case, both of the results are accurate in their own ways.  I am therefore more than the sum of my intarweb test "grades".  I thought the same thing with the kissing quiz I mentioned here.  I also toyed with that one and came up with different results each time, and each of them was accurate by defining one part of me — and all of my answers were honest based on different criteria.

Of course, with the sexual quizzes, there's more fun to be had by manipulating your answers according to what is meant versus what is inferred by each question.  Some people may understand themselves better by doing this…

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