Both I imagine. It's useful in general to have examples of both ways to succeed, and ways to fail; progress and ways to progress further. Progress may be special in this regard - that success includes failure, and learning from it. Unlearning 'mistakes', and learning 'successes'.

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2Ben Pace3moHi, please use >! plus a space at the start of any comments that include substantial information about the plot of a work of fiction, especially one that many on LessWrong are likely to read.
3ndee3moOk will know. However, isn't it better to mark it for possible spoilers in the post's title? Just due to the general matter of the discussion.

For now, each comment appears on the frontpage of the site. I think that something like that, an option for each post to be “sensitive” and have comments autospoilered on the frontpage, could make sense.

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[HPMOR] Harry - example or anti-example?

by ndee 1 min read25th Feb 202016 comments


There is one thing that really striked me after reading HPMOR, it's a certain pattern of events that repeats many times.

1) Harry gets into grave trouble due to his self-assurance and indiscretion

2) The author saves Harry using deus ex machina

And this makes me wonder - was Harry intentionally shown as an anti-example of rationality, or it just happened this way?

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Chapter 122, paragraph beginning with "And right now, Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres was still a walking catastrophe"... and the stuff immediately preceding and following it. Seems like a pretty direct answer to your question.