Hello. I made this account because my old one (user:AM) was blocked because I logged on from a NASA-owned computer (I am a NASA employee). I hope the same does not happen this time as well.
Real name: Alex
My open-mindness test:
1. Do you resist admitting the possibility that a conservative approach to education is far more effective for students than a liberal one?
No, although it is important to expose students to both sides of any argument.
2. If it were proved to your satisfaction that some idea you've been using to bolster a political argument was false, would you keep using that idea in your argument?
No, that would be lying.
3. Do you resist admitting that something you accepted for over a decade is, in fact, completely false?
Yes. Im not going to jump on some new idea without carefully studying it and making sure what I have held true was actually wrong.
4. Do you resist the possibility that Hollywood values result in significant harm for those who believe in them, and to innocent bystanders?
No. I cant believe the crap that comes out of Hollywood these days.
5. Do you think it is impossible that increased gun ownership reduces the rate of crime?
No. Not impossible, but I find it unlikely. I believe that as a society we entrust our protection to the police or some other authority (at least for those of us who live in cities and towns as opposed to rural areas)
6. When President Ronald Reagan told Mr. Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, did you think that it was impossible for the Berlin Wall to be torn down?
No, the Soviet Union was already on the verge of collapsing.
7. Did you think, or still think, that the Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars") is impossible?
No. It will take a lot more investment in technology to see it work though.
8. Do you think that it is impossible that the Shroud of Turin is authentic?
No. Is it authentically Jesus Christ? Unlikely, considering how many people were crucified by the Romans, but it is certainly possible.
9. Do you think that there must be a purely material-based explanation (such as magnetism) for remarkable homing and migration behavior of birds and butterflies?
Yes. Im a man of science, and have great skepticism in anything supernatural.
10. Do you think that it is impossible for the speed of light to have been different in the past?
No, in the chaotic conditions that were certainly present in the beginning of the Universe (old or young, Big Bang or creation) it could very well have been different.
11. Do you think that it is impossible to measure openmindedness?
Yes, the only people who are truly openminded are infants.
12. Do you think that evolution  must have occurred?
Yes. There is no other SCIENTIFIC explanation that has held up to scrutiny for as long as evolution has (over 100 years)
13. Do you think that is impossible for the power of 2 in Newtonian gravity, whereby the gravitational force is proportional to 1/r2, to be more precise with an exponent that is slightly different from 2, such as a gravitational force proportional to 1/r2.00000001?
No, that makes complete sense, although the difference may not be significant enough to yield a very different final answer.
14. Do you resist admitting that some things taught to you in school are completely false, and even known to be false by some responsible for the material?
No. Often subjects are far too complicated to teach the entirety of in a classroom. All I need to do is think about how different what I learned in college history courses was from high school history.
15. Do you deny that some widely required theories of science may actually impede the progress of science?
No. Scientists are often wrong. Thats why more people need to study science so that we can come up with new theories and ideas to replace the old ones.
16. Do you deny that the imposition of socialism and same-sex marriage on a nation could harm its competitiveness at international events like the Olympics?
Yes. China is (somewhat) socialist and they do great at the Olympics. Same with the Soviet Union. And with same-sex marriage, many nations with powerful militaries, including Britain and Israel, allow homosexuals to serve openly and they do just fine.
17. Do you refuse to consider the possibility that "experts" may not have all the answers, and that the best of the public may have valuable insights to which experts are blind?
No. New ideas always come up which violate previous ideas.
18. Do you think that if you read parts of the Bible years ago as a child, you can claim to "have read the Bible" and that you have no reason to read it regularly now?
No, it is something that needs to be regularly studied, especially when one is older and can better understand its relevance and meaning.
19. Do you think that it is impossible for an oppressing society (like Communism or theocracy) to become a democracy?
No. Look at Russia (its arguably a democracy today)
20. Do you believe that because the Earth's orbit and rotation are what they are now, they are guaranteed to remain stable for billions of years?
No. For example, the Earth probably did not have an axial tilt when it formed, but today it does.
15 No, 5 yes...Hurray Im open minded! I will say though, I believe that ANYTHING is possible. When I say yes to one of these questions, I mean yes with 99.99999999999999999% certainty.