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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 18, chapter 87

the literal hen

Penalty for incorrect use of the word 'literal'.

3Qiaochu_Yuan8yHmm. In my head I wanted "literal" to modify "golden" but not "hen" or "eggs." I guess that didn't work out so well on paper.
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 18, chapter 87

I can well imagine Hermione getting a phoenix. Her potentially resulting self-sacrifice could well be a climactic point in the fic, in fact. Its effect on Harry would be interesting to see, too.

0buybuydandavis8yJust reading that makes me sad.
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 18, chapter 87

But Hermione isn't really rational, she's just intelligent. I don't think she can perform a feat of astounding rationality in this fic, as you are suggesting. Her idea of morality is flawed and naive. If I imagine her going to Azkaban and destroying it, it would be for decidedly uninspiring reasons to me, as a rationalist.

2Daniel_Starr8yI am confused. What would you suggest as an example of an "inspiring reason" to go and destroy Azkaban, that does occur or could occur to Harry, that would not normally occur to Hermione?
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 18, chapter 87

No offense (and I'm a boy so quite probably biased about this, fair warning) but are you sure you know what girls are like in real life? I know in a utopian world there would be no gender stereotyping, but in my honest experience, even as someone who strongly wishes stereotypes would all burn and die, girls in schools do gossip, and stress about relationships, and quite possibly are prone to sensitivity and preoccupation about love, even if it is culturally rooted.

Just wondering I guess if you've been so successful in emancipating yourself from that stereo... (read more)

Up until I was about Hermione's age, my friends were nearly all girls, and they were an even mix beyond that. I am not claiming anything so preposterous as that girls do not gossip or fixate on interpersonal matters. Of course they do; it's not even limited to children. I am saying that girls are not uniformly silly creatures, differentiated only by name, approximate g factor, and school House.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 18, chapter 87

I did not mean that to be a Tardis, that is not what a Tardis looks like.

Eliezer, in the author's note.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 18, chapter 87

Or making the stone has some mental prerequisite, like casting Avada Kedavra or the True Patronus. One, in this case, which Voldemort cannot meet.

3FiftyTwo8yPossibly like the Mirror of Erised in the original the prerequisite is not wanting immortality? That would explain why Voldemort can't make it, and why Flamel was so casual about death in Canon. Epileptic trees (Given the reference to 'hoarded lore' maybe flamel's desire is for knowledge preservation not self peservation?)
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I can confirm this works for me, in Google Reader (and my thanks to you also).

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 5

I...imagine you can't read the mind of any sleeping person.