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Torture vs. Dust Specks

It is not humility to note that extrapolating models unimaginably far beyond their normal operating ranges is a fraught business. Just because we can apply a certain utility approximation to our monkeysphere, or even a few orders of magnitude above our monkeysphere, doesn't mean the limiting behavior matches our approximation.

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

Good thing we use M/D/Y calendars here in the States, otherwise we'd have to wait for 3 January 2041. Or, come to think of it, 3 January 4159.

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

I wonder how Harry would react to Death as written by Terry Pratchett?

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 119

Huh? Harry thought it was McGonagall. What in this chapter changes that?

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 118

Sad ending:

All the students agree to take on the position of Defense Professor de facto.

Next year, all the students die.

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

Ch. 84:

"I shall not name any names," said the old witch. "But I shall tell a story, and see if it sounds familiar." Amelia Bones looked back down, turning to the next parchment. "Born 1927, entered Hogwarts in 1938, sorted into Slytherin, graduated 1945.

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

Because it wasn't a throwaway anymore. His plan was to take over magical Britain as Voldemort, and have both the 'true' respect that comes from fear of what he can do to people and the pleasure of killing idiots whenever he wants. (And possibly to exterminate the Muggle world, but first things first.)

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

What do you mean? He narrated the whole sequence before the explosion, and fell to his knees at the moment Voldemort supposedly died, which is coincident with the explosion. I don't see a problem, let alone one that would be fixed by shifting the narrative back 20 seconds.

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