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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Tue, Mar. 9th, 2010 08:47 am
ZOMG fanfic

Harry ruffled a hand through his own hair. Maybe it was just that strange part of him which had already been convinced, but... "That's a bit of an anticlimax," Harry said. "You'd think there'd be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with executing a Bayesian update on an observation of infinitesimal probability -" Harry stopped himself. Mum, McGonagall, and even his Dad were giving him that look again. "I mean, with finding out that everything I believe is false."


By Less Wrong, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Petunia married a proper Skeptic (or Sceptic, in British!) and Harry knows about Feynman and the scientific method and proposes a test of Professor McGonagall worthy of James Randi and... yeah.

It's not a complete fic, but it's an absolute treasure.

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xiphias
xiphias
Xiphias Gladius
Tue, Mar. 9th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)

I don't read Harry Potter fanfic.

I HATE Harry Potter fanfic.

I want the next chapter.


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lignota
lignota
L'Ignota
Tue, Mar. 9th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)

*falls over* Ohmygod. I want more chapters now.


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novalis
novalis
Dave "Novalis" Turner
Tue, Mar. 9th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)

Hilarious! I wonder if the author realizes what a jerk his Harry is.


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xiphias
xiphias
Xiphias Gladius
Wed, Mar. 10th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)

As opposed to the canonical Harry Potter?


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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Wed, Mar. 10th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Quite!

Though not so much in the first book, really.


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novalis
novalis
Dave "Novalis" Turner
Wed, Mar. 10th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)

This Harry seems significantly worse.


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xiphias
xiphias
Xiphias Gladius
Wed, Mar. 10th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)

Really? The books I read had a protagonist who didn't think the rules applied to him, tended to go off and sulk when he didn't get his way, treated his friends badly, and tended to have a "oh, poor me" attitude.

Mind you, I still liked them. After all, Achiles had most of the same faults, and he was a hero, too.


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novalis
novalis
Dave "Novalis" Turner
Wed, Mar. 10th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)

But he wasn't so smug about it all, which is really what bothers me about this Harry.

Also, I don't think the rules apply to me, so maybe I'm more sympathetic to Rowling's Harry. His view is even reasonable given that the rules left him stuck in a closet for his first ten years of his life.


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