Sure, that explains why the story was written with this flaw, but it doesn't remove the flaw. But I don't have a better suggestion.
Well, right, when one speaks of the disaster of war, the first thing that comes to mind is of course the senseless and wanton scattering of perfectly correct pebble piles. Further thought reveals other problems, such as a reduced population leading to fewer future correct pebble piles and so forth,...(read more)
Voted down this comment, because 2 other people voted it up and didn't even have the guts to admit to it.
But it seems weird to me that they have computers and algorithms if they can't figure out this pattern. That messed with my suspension of disbelief for a bit.
Voted up this comment, for reasons that should be self-evident.
Yes, the only logical course is to remove all except the outer two quotation marks.
The ironic thing about those exceptions is that bringing in Barbour's timeless physics is arguably itself one of the errors. In Harry's explanation of how he was able to perform partial transfiguration, there's nothing from Barbour except the phrase ‘timeless physics’; Harry's explication of that, ...(read more)
If quantum mechanics allowed for small violations of energy conservation (which sometimes people even say that it does, on short time periods, although this is not really correct), then McGonagall's tranformation would still violate physical law as we know it. In physics, you don't always push ever...(read more)
It's a reference to SCP-231.
This doesn't seem to me to address MinibearRex's proposal.
We don't want to extrapolate the sociopath's volition; we want the sociopath to extrapolate our volition. The idea is that sociopaths have experience with thinking objectively about humans' volition.