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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 27, chapter 98

Less worried about downvotes I've received, more interested in the things that lead to me getting them.

Thanks, though.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 27, chapter 98

Thanks.

That pulls a bit of the rug out from under that unsteady pile of pattern-matching.

This got downvoted to -2. If anyone would like to see fewer postings like the above, they can improve the odds that they'll see the change they'd like by explaining what it is about the above post that was disliked.

Thank you, in advance for your help with this.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 27, chapter 98

11 year olds if I have that right

By this point in the year most if not all of them are probably 12.

The difference between 11 and 12 might only matter to an 11- or 12-year-old, but you probably didn't have that right, for whatever that's worth.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 27, chapter 98

Thanks.

That pulls a bit of the rug out from under that unsteady pile of pattern-matching.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 27, chapter 98

Is Theodore Nott wearing his scary face because he learned it was a good idea to do so in Chaos, or because there is also a conspiracy of Green Slytherin: those who can cast Avada Kedavra, the green spell?

Harry courted the company of both Draco and Hermione. He adjusted his presentation to meet their expectations, as he understood them. Draco could be doing the same because why have one secret power base when you could have two?

I don't consider this terribly likely. It came up in that pattern-matching way, but feels like it's needlessly complicated.

Hopefully someone else can undermine it more decisively or support it better.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 20, chapter 90

ye shall also know that any events occurring there were also of my own impulse and not a halfhearted sop to feminists

Why would we think that? We would think that if he unfridged Hermione.

That is pretty strong evidence that Hermione will be resurrected sooner, rather than later. So I guess the ending where Harry resurrects everyone ever maybe won't seem more likely when this arc is complete.

Unless this is the end.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 20, chapter 90

So we know, for egotistical example, that he did not add "Dumbledore had looked down over the side of the terrace and made a gesture before returning" in response to my post that included risking transfiguration sickness on the list of things for which Harry could get in trouble.

Or, at least, we know that is what the author wishes us to believe. dun dun daaaaaaaah

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 20, chapter 90

As someone suggested earlier, it's possible that Sirius Black is hiding out as the Weasley owl (the "measured and courteous hoot"). That would fit with Peter Pettigrew being the unfortunate in Azkaban chanting, "I'm not serious."

It's also possible that Pettigrew is hiding out somewhere, I suppose, but that doesn't seem smart.

This also raises the possibility that someone or multiple someones who weren't ever Marauders using small animagus forms to get around the castle, which could show up funny on the map.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 20, chapter 90

I'm pretty sure that what he said was that nothing was intended as an allegory -- or maybe a metaphor or something of the sort -- to an artificial super-intelligence.

Somebody has the link, I expect.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 19, chapter 88-89

That post was about deleting people who refuse to engage in rational argument, not deleting posts that use rational argument in ways that are "unmarketable" as you put it.

Let's put it this way, would you also suggest we delete all the posts critical of religion because it also puts of a lot of people?

the utility of censorship is not exclusive to the situations described in that post.

But in the end, no. This conversation didn't start when I issued a call to action, but when I expressed a difficult decision I had made for myself. I didn't know that people were reading it as a directive until someone pointed that out.

Anyway, it's far too late to change: that rape article is over two years old. "Better late than never" doesn't mean that late is always good enough. In this case, it's definitely not.

In a world with wishes -- but where I didn't immediately wish for a world without wishes -- maybe I'd wish that Less Wrong would be image conscious enough to distance itself from people who unapologetically marginalize the suffering of rape victims, maybe not. But the call I get to make is whether or not to facilitate the process by which my friends and the people with whom I would like to be friends forget that I have any contact with Less Wrong. It is not whether or not to facilitate the process by which Less Wrong rehabilitates its status as a haven for creeps, creep enablers, or creep apologists.

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