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Voting is like donating thousands of dollars to charity

If you're loss averse, the expected value could easily be negative: cost(voting for wrong candidate) > benefit((voting for right candidate).

Intrinsic motivation is crucial for overcoming akrasia

I was astonished to find myself having ascended to the pantheon of those who have made major contributions to human knowledge

Is this your own evaluation of your work?

[FINAL CHAPTER] Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 122

If the "tear apart the stars" prophecy just refers to Harry harvesting the stars for resources, then Voldemort looks really stupid for misinterpreting it.

[FINAL CHAPTER] Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 122

Now Hermione learns Patronus 2.0 and destroys Azkaban. So both the Boy-Who-Lived and the Girl-Who-Revived can kill dementors. Sounds like "surviving/defeating Voldemort" is a plausible cover for explaining the origin of the ability to destroy dementors.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 120

Isn't Harry saying this to Draco after Draco has been obliviated? Draco has no idea what Harry's talking about.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 116

Shouldn't Harry have fallen to his knees twenty seconds earlier, if he originally heard/saw the explosion via Voldie-simulcast?

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 116

"Harry, let me verify that your Time-Turner hasn't been used," said Professor McGonagall.

"LOOK OVER THERE!" Harry screamed, already sprinting for the door.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 113

Important: QQ's earlier parseltongue-spoken plans for Harry to become ruler of the world were said before he heard the 'tear apart the stars' prophecy. So it appears V changed his mind after hearing the prophecy.

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