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by Pluvialis
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I don't think it's really relevant that Hermione is female. At worst it bears an unfortunate resemblance to the fridge meme, but Yudkowsky lost his brother and was powerfully affected by it, so it makes sense for his protagonist to go through the same experience. Both Harry and Yudkowsky ha...
by Pluvialis
Mon May 13, 2013 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 65555

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

zukenft wrote:wasn't birds descended from raptors instead of t-rex?


Does the diagram in the comic make it look like birds descended from t-rex?
by Pluvialis
Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

thalia wrote:
Spoiler:
Harry is presented with a challenge - the philosopher's stone being so hard to create only one person has done it - and he chooses to IGNORE THAT? He doesn't even read the details? lame.


He doesn't believe in it.
by Pluvialis
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Yakk wrote:given a mortal being on the other side.


Be careful, sounds like you think rationality is tied to some transcendent quality and can be infinitely expanded! :P
by Pluvialis
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I like your recursive-plotting idea but don't understand it. What if someone were to figure it out? If Quirrell were to work it out he could sit in the opposite chair and make a true statement in the Headmaster's interest (0 level deception). He knows about the wibbler but can choose to speaky trul...
by Pluvialis
Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

New author's note: Update 1/19: Currently working on Ch. 81. I may or may not post 78 when I'm done with 81, but have a strong impression that I had better at least complete Ch. 81 before posting anything. This is due both to the extent that the chapters form a dramatic 'block' and the number of bac...
by Pluvialis
Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

This just in:
Update 12/28: Ch. 79 done at 6,700 words. I think I'll see if I can get this entire arc done before I start posting it - if not, I'll give up and post before too long, but I'm encouraged by how fast Ch. 79 went.
by Pluvialis
Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Getting back in the main flow of action? When we were out of the flow?


The author's notes show that his perspective on the fic at any given point can be very different from my own :P It's interesting.
by Pluvialis
Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

New author's note: Update 12/25: Decided not to split 78. It's finished at >17,000 words, but I want to finish at least Ch. 79 before publishing anything, because 78 ends on a major cliffhanger. On the plus side, I think the end of Ch. 78 gets us back into the main flow of action again. All of this ...
by Pluvialis
Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

That would explain why Quirrell is able to make such good deductions from seemingly insufficient priors (when Harry knows the answer), but it seems to be ruled out by both the sorting hat's statement that there is no Voldemort personality in Harry, and Quirrell's not knowing about t...
by Pluvialis
Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

What if... in HPMoR horcruxes work as follows: You split your soul and part of it inhabits a new object, or person. But then that portion of your soul is able to actually possess the person. Quirrell and Harry are both horcruxes, Harry definitely doesn't know but his split personality is Voldemo...
by Pluvialis
Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Seems there are two questions - how did Harry know their magic couldn't touch, and why isn't he particularly interested in the fact. Firstly, Harry did try and tell McGonagall about the sense of doom, which was the first thing he noticed, and she sharply told him "it would be catastrophic if so...
by Pluvialis
Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I thought it was pretty clear that Harry was confounded. Part of the Rationality part is that Rationality doesn't work if others are messing with your mind -- which is a pretty common Rationality trope, and fits this genre as well. What makes it clear that Harry's confunded? I don't think I've pick...
by Pluvialis
Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414645

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Why does Harry think that? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there's only been one time where that happened, and that was between two spells that don't meet often. Based on that, it would be more likely that those two spells should not be combined. There was also the time when Harry was Transfig...

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