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by AlexRose
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"
Replies: 74
Views: 21705

Re: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"

Why did the woman shoot a non-Pluto planet? Seems much easier to end the argument by making it moot rather than through intimidation.
by AlexRose
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Did Quirrel lie to Harry about Horcruxes work? If they work as they do in canon (an anchor that holds the wizard's conscious to the world), that would certainly be something to have a well rehearsed lie/misdirection about. Quirrel asks Harry where he would hide objects after the first D...
by AlexRose
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Ah I see, I thought the "obvious test" was referring to some sort of counter-test, spent a bit trying to figure out what that could have been. Although Harry was cutting it damn close; he only knew of one Time Turner user, and if that user had already used her Time Turner (even for one tur...
by AlexRose
Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

In Chapter 62, how exactly did Harry relay the message back in time, and what was the "obvious test" that Harry's presence in the room foiled?
by AlexRose
Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

If Harry was doing something with time, it makes sense for his face to "crack in dismay" when he first sees his parents; he'd be unable to go back and do whatever he planned to do with Herimone if he was taken away with his parents to a safehouse. Harry relaxes as the conversation goe...
by AlexRose
Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

New chapters! Huh, did not expect that to happen. I think it'd be more interesting if Herminone convincingly stays dead and Harry has to face the consequences of that; I mean Harry was already trying to rip apart the foundations of reality, now he just has an additional motivation. I assumed our...
by AlexRose
Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'll give Yudkowsky the benefit of the doubt and assume Harry is being dangerously arrogant, which has both happened before and bit him in the ass (first encounter with Snape). On a speculative note, regarding the Eye of Vance/True Invisibility Cloak interaction: "That isn't any ordinary device...
by AlexRose
Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Or, you know, Voldemort killed the dude (either in 1945 or 1973) and used him as a rainy day identity.
by AlexRose
Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

New chapter out. Way too much to process at this point, but:

Spoiler:
Quirrell can inflict significant physiological trauma through humming. That is somehow more impressive to me than his devious plotting or his implied magical abilities. I just got such a pleasant Douglas Adams vibe from that whole scene.
by AlexRose
Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Possible point of interest in Chapter 77: But while his Muggle allies yet made blood sacrifice to sustain him, Grindelwald would not have fallen. He was, during that time, truly invincible. Of that grim device which Grindelwald held, none must know, none must suspect, there must be not a single hint...
by AlexRose
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Chapter is up, but FF.net is being unresponsive. http://hpmor.com/notes/83/ Not to be Captain Hindsight, but we really should have seen that response coming. So, some speculation and establishment of the current situation: Draco and Harry DO have a secure line of communication through their Patronus...
by AlexRose
Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

We JUST received a non-evil conjecture this very chapter. If the underlying truth of phoenix travel really was becoming a specific instantiation of a more general Fire, then that seemed to hint you could potentially burn anywhere - even in the distant past, or in another universe, or in two places ...
by AlexRose
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I don't know. The way I read that scene, Voldemort intentionally provoked Lily who then attacked in "desperate hate", rather than in simple panic (although that was probably a component) . But Lily was indeed not a killer, and it's questionable whether even that hate was enough to seriousl...
by AlexRose
Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Notably, we did NOT see the Killing Curse actually cast in Chapter 43. Although we can infer Harry did not see contradictory evidence beyond that point; even with the excitement of the Patronus Charm 2.0, I rather doubt Harry would forget to mention something like "The Dark Lord didn't cast the...
by AlexRose
Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Going back to Halloween, described in Chapter 45: And then, at last, Lily Potter's voice shrieked in desperate hate, "Avada ke-" Does that break the protective bond? Voldemort offered the chance to flee, and Lily was willing to sacrifice herself, hence creating the pact described in the or...
by AlexRose
Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Spoiler:
CALLED IT... sort of. Wait what? What just happened?
by AlexRose
Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Which is about 80 dollars for a Galleon, 4.50 for a Sickle and 15 cents for a Knut. That seems pretty consistent with character's reactions and payment structures (1.50 dollars for a secret message service, 550 dollars for a wand, 3200 dollars is a huge budget for a prank etc.). Rowling's pricing st...
by AlexRose
Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I don't know... I think a confession would be rather transparent at this point. He has basically no motive, no magical evidence, and acted entirely out of a character for a person plotting against both of them. I guess it could buy some time if Harry played it carefully enough. Here's my th...
by AlexRose
Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Spoiler:
Does Lucius have a life debt to Harry? Harry vanquished the Dark Lord, who was imperiusing Lucius into committing atrocity after atrocity. :roll: Could Harry still cash in the debt, so to speak?
by AlexRose
Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'm more inclined to think that Snape was merely destroying the evidence of his bullying crusade, rather than out of any malice towards Hermione. He did go through the trouble of memory charming 52 students just so that Dumbledore wouldn't know about his involvement, after all. And the note...
by AlexRose
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Evidence for a discrepancy in Hermione's memory. "Susan?" Hermione said in a small voice, when they'd gotten further away from all the others. "Do you think Daphne's right about Draco Malfoy plotting something?" "Yes," Susan said at once, not even thinking ...
by AlexRose
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

More Chapter 79 spoilers One thing I dont get, slightly earlier: Portkey visas for Transylvania, the Forbidden Empire, the City of Endless Night... my my, Texas." The man looked up from the portfolio, eyes narrowed. "What were you doing there, Mr. Quirrell?" "Sightseeing, mostly...
by AlexRose
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

DIFFERENT DISCUSSION: NEXT CHAPTER SPOILERS. Err, wow. I confess that I didn't really consider mass memory charms, simply because it would have been more interesting and plot structured to have something more sinister going on. I feel rather stupid in hindsight. Confused about what happened here...
by AlexRose
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

The duel was over six hours ago, but what if Harry uses his Time-Turner to go to the past and contact these Aurors? If he can arrange for them to go tell Hermione she's under arrest and for Hermione to be not surprised, then maybe there's no need for Draco or Lucius or anyone else to be beh...
by AlexRose
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

The scene where Quirrel is trying to talk to Lucius seemed out of character. Obviously when you're a expert social engineer there's not really any such thing as out of character, but it still made me think for a bit. It's also possible that Quirrel is in fact TWO characters, and it'...
by AlexRose
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

New chapter's out. Ending is, well...
by AlexRose
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

"Alright Crouch, here's the plan. First successfully subdue and Imperious one of the strongest, most paranoid Aurors without drawing attention with the help of a man who's been a rat for the past twelve years. Impersonate said Auror for a year, well enough to decieve several powerful wizards wh...
by AlexRose
Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

We should ask Mr. Yudkowsky to visit and act as a time-turner. I feel we'd make more progress with some experimental data.
by AlexRose
Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Alright, I note my confusion. If I view someone traveling to my time from six hours in the future, I know their location six hours into the future. According to the 6 hour rule, does that imply there is no possible stable time loop in which I travel back in time before that point? Does it only apply...
by AlexRose
Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414375

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It occurred to me that Harry hasn't actually asked anyone if they feel a sense of doom around Quirrell. Tssk tssk, Harry. And you were so smug when you taught Hermione that lesson.
by AlexRose
Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Intelligent design: Wanting some references.
Replies: 44
Views: 4684

Re: Intelligent design: Wanting some references.

There is no "other side", nothing to 'research'. It's creationism in a cheap lab coat, repeating the same old garbage that any HS senior who paid attention in biology could disprove. I take offense to that; my sophmore biology class could easily disprove creationism just as well as the se...
by AlexRose
Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Just wondering: Why can't we find i?
Replies: 50
Views: 7462

Re: Just wondering: Why can't we find i?

BlackSails wrote:Well ln(-1) does exist. It is equal to i*pi.


But it's not real. Which is what the OP is asking.
by AlexRose
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Just wondering: Why can't we find i?
Replies: 50
Views: 7462

Re: Just wondering: Why can't we find i?

Internetmeme wrote:


Ummm...what? Is this like the "infinity+1 is still infinity" thing?


It's a joke. Approximately means "about". You could say the same thing about 1+.01.

Don't worry, I don't know what the smart people are saying either (about proving the complex exponental).
by AlexRose
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the coolest thing you've ever learned in math class?
Replies: 58
Views: 6797

Re: What is...

Banach-Tarski always seemed pretty "out there." I'm a sucker for anything that non-mathematicians will flatly not believe under any circumstances. From person who has not gotten this far in mathmatical curriculum. lulzwut. Does that have something to do with the fact that you can have an ...
by AlexRose
Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the force that holds an atom's nucleus together?
Replies: 14
Views: 2931

Re: What is the force that holds an atom's nucleus together?

I need an excuse for the copious amounts of tape I will be using to hold 238 marbles together. Thanks in advance. Uranium from marbles? I hope you made sure to pick out different coloured ones for Protons and Neutrons. :P Also, how are you representing your electronic probability distributions? If ...
by AlexRose
Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the force that holds an atom's nucleus together?
Replies: 14
Views: 2931

Re: What is the force that holds an atom's nucleus together?

I need an excuse for the copious amounts of tape I will be using to hold 238 marbles together. Thanks in advance. Uranium from marbles? I hope you made sure to pick out different coloured ones for Protons and Neutrons. :P Also, how are you representing your electronic probability distributions? If ...
by AlexRose
Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the force that holds an atom's nucleus together?
Replies: 14
Views: 2931

What is the force that holds an atom's nucleus together?

I need an excuse for the copious amounts of tape I will be using to hold 238 marbles together. Thanks in advance.
by AlexRose
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 98478

Re: "Locke and Demosthenes" Discussion

Registered just to clarify this.... Anton was NOT gay. Just because you don't marry young doesn't mean you're gay. He was pre-occupied in his studies of making super-intelligent gaints for most of his life (it says that somewhere in the book). Also, the squirrel isn't in trouble; Peter had stopped t...

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