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by 4d0m
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
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Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Quirrel wasn't telling Harry that it would be a fake, but that if Quirrel were evil, he would at least be clever enough to put a fake healer on the other side of the portkey.
by 4d0m
Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Eliezer just asked on less wrong for a translation of a short latin poem for HPMOR. It's good to know he's still working on it.
by 4d0m
Tue May 03, 2011 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Afaik the less wrong community doesn't take that idea too seriously, but I could be wrong. Also, Harry mentions that his universes time travel rules aren't "Turing computable" and that a computer couldn't simulate that kind of timeline.
by 4d0m
Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Thanks, and that title is hilarious. I definitely think Quirrel would prefer that to being dead. Remember that line where he was like "i wonder what I would dream about if i slept for a very long time" or something like that when he was talking about wanting to go to a different world? I t...
by 4d0m
Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Have you read the ultimate mega crossover fanfic written by the same author? He defined a magic universe pretty much the same way WarDaft just did, so I think it's fair to say you're right, at least about what the Atlanteans (if the source of magic is, in fact, the Atlanteans) found...
by 4d0m
Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

He's been posting comments on Less Wrong. Maybe he's going to post the entire Third Floor Corridor in one go.

I'm quite enjoying Odd Ideas. I didn't like Harry's Game much though (a fan-fanfic about MoR that was posted in a review).
by 4d0m
Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods o' Rationality

existentialpanda wrote:There ѕhould totally be a fake update of some sort today.


I was totally expecting one. :(
This wait is getting really long.
by 4d0m
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It doesn't usually take this long, and the fic has only been going for a little over a year and a month. Sometimes he'll post multiple chapters per update, and for a while he was posting almost every week. I think that avadakedavra does have some sort of intelligence though, because I doubt it would...
by 4d0m
Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I think it would work if you summoned a huge object, but the object would have to be huge . The difference lies exactly where you stated it, the change between space bent by magic and space bent by the laws of physics acting on a magical body. I agree that finite wouldn't put out a house fire even i...
by 4d0m
Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Yeah, it would probably ignore any space folding defences.
by 4d0m
Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Good call with the transfigured animals; they may not be alive enough to be killed. Worms were a path to immortality in his story The Sword of Good so it would be awesome if they served a similar utility in MoR .
by 4d0m
Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

What is tied for last about? I saw it on the C2 he posted but it didnt look like something i'd want to read. Is "James Potter" a separate fic? If so, what is that one about? And which is better? btw, i think upon his next update he'll overtake Partially Kissed Hero for 3rd place. he should...
by 4d0m
Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Is anybody else really anxious for the next update?
by 4d0m
Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Yeah, the comed-tea does put a dent in the idea that magic does what was intended. On the other hand, however, I think that it could have the opposite effect of predictability. With a bunch of people creating magic with different intentions, it makes a lot of sense that it would be super inconsistent.
by 4d0m
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

That's a buzz-killingly good point. I guess it makes sense that most of Harry's findings are about transfiguration (partial transfig, trasfig to lift things or operate a lever) since it doesn't have spells but more of a direct connection between the user and the forces of magic. Is a significant por...
by 4d0m
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

yeah, maybe somebody should put it in a review. i think he said that he's gotten ideas from reading reviews before. i'm not sure hermione would be quite all right with using the killing curse though.
by 4d0m
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Hey, the Avada Kedavra spell could be used to find out once and for all whether viruses are alive. A couple of possible explanations for killification despite bacteria are: Only kills conscious things (another property that would be useful), only kills multicellular organisms, only kills humans, on...
by 4d0m
Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Levi wrote:Bacteria.

Haha, clearly we're doing something wrong, otherwise the spell would be pretty useless.


And that picture is hilarious.
by 4d0m
Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Ohh, if that's the case then it obviously wouldnt work.
by 4d0m
Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I thought the killing curse only affected living things, not by causing physical damage but by severing the soul from the body. Mhm, the idea is that you could use it to get through or break magical defenses with it, e.g., you want to get into Harry's house but magic wont let you, so perhaps you ca...
by 4d0m
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It looks like Methods of Rationality has Quirrell trying to dispel that social penalty. He managed to get Dumbledore's permission to teach it after all. Sure, but there's a vast gulf between convincing the headmaster that everyone knows is insane to let you teach kids how to protect themselves and ...
by 4d0m
Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I was just thinking--wouldn't an Avada Kedavra be the perfect way to break through defensive enchantments? It's clear that wherever it says that they can't be stopped is wrong. Harry does it with the twin core thing, and it seems to be stopped by physical objects. I can't remember if Dumbledore's s...
by 4d0m
Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 312536

Re: What is your favourite book?

I really liked the Ender's Game books by Orson Scott Card.
by 4d0m
Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Blocking an abracadabra seems to come out of nowhere, though. I don't think that it came from nowhere. The Patronus fights Dementors, i.e., death. Harry's Patronus does more than that; it destroys and defeats death. It makes sense in a way that his spell that destroys death can block the spell that...
by 4d0m
Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414686

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

HonoreDB wrote:We got to see The Author's many different kinds of poker faces in response to the various bits of speculation everyone threw out. He did drop a few bits of info, and asked for help in developing one minor plot point.


Any chance you have some insight into the story that you can share?

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