I don't follow. Or, it seemed like you were listing reasons why he should suspect he's in a story, but then you seemed to think I was committing hindsight bias for thinking so. Is it because "3 hours" is an exaggeratedly short time to make the inference? 'Cuz "I'm the main character" had secretly been Harry's hypothesis since forever, as was revealed under the Sorting Hat.

ETA: (Main character status qua main character status is hard to get without teleological optimization, and that's hard to get without authors behind the scene. (Evolution counts as an author but that just gets rolled into your baseline... I can't easily express that. I feel a faint urge to cry.))

Sorry if that wasn't clear.

The first part is a response to your observation about abnormal intelligent. My point was that there are around six million people of Harry's intelligence level, so being that intelligent is not a good reason to think one is a protagonist.

I then agreed that Harry's aware of the genre in question which might help slightly.

My point about Gryffindor and the like was that even if Harry thinks he's in a story he doesn't have good reason to necessarily assume he's the protagonist. In fact, look at the confusion from other genre aware ... (read more)

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 9

by Oscar_Cunningham 1 min read9th Sep 2011725 comments


(The HPMOR discussion thread after this one is here.)

The previous thread is over the 500-comment threshold, so let's start a new Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread.  This is the place to discuss Eliezer Yudkowsky's Harry Potter fanfic and anything related to it. The latest chapter as of 09/09/2011 is Ch. 77.

The first 5 discussion threads are on the main page under the harry_potter tag.  Threads 6 and on (including this one) are in the discussion section using its separate tag system.  Also: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.  The fanfiction.net author page is the central location for information about updates and links to HPMOR-related goodies, and AdeleneDawner has kept an archive of Author's Notes.

As a reminder, it's often useful to start your comment by indicating which chapter you are commenting on.

Spoiler Warning:  this thread is full of spoilers.  With few exceptions, spoilers for MOR and canon are fair game to post, without warning or rot13.  More specifically:

You do not need to rot13 anything about HP:MoR or the original Harry Potter series unless you are posting insider information from Eliezer Yudkowsky which is not supposed to be publicly available (which includes public statements by Eliezer that have been retracted).

If there is evidence for X in MOR and/or canon then it's fine to post about X without rot13, even if you also have heard privately from Eliezer that X is true. But you should not post that "Eliezer said X is true" unless you use rot13.