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Dear Idran

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby ChristianC » Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:26 am

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THAT IS MY EXPRESSION WHEN I AM READING THIS!

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Re: Dear Idran

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby Idran1701 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:40 pm

That was my first thought too, Jak. But read the first 5 chapters or so and see what you think then. :D

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby PriamNevhausten » Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:07 pm

Five chapters is an awful lot of investment to ask of someone with regards to fanfiction.net, especially without introduction or qualification.
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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby ChristianC » Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:55 pm

It's a funny story.
"That's not interactive, there's no back-and-forth with the other player and how much fun is it to watch someone incredibly good at moving their eyes? And then whichever Seeker gets lucky swoops in and grabs the Snitch and makes everyone else's work moot. It's like someone took a real game and grafted on this pointless extra position just so that you could be the Most Important Player without needing to really get involved or learn the rest of it. Who was the first Seeker, the King's idiot son who wanted to play Quidditch but couldn't understand the rules?" Actually, now that Harry thought about it, that seemed like a surprisingly good hypothesis. Put him on a broomstick and tell him to catch the shiny thing...

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby Idran1701 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:18 pm

PriamNevhausten wrote:Five chapters is an awful lot of investment to ask of someone with regards to fanfiction.net, especially without introduction or qualification.


Harry Potter as a rationalist, seeking to apply scientific principles to understanding and uncovering the methods behind magic. As if he'd been raised by Richard Dawkins, you might say. Written by a relatively prominent AI and cognitive science researcher, Eliezer Yudkowsky, so he's got a lot of rationalism background to draw from for his writing. Well-reviewed by both David Brin (author of the Uplift setting) and Eric S. Raymond (the guy behind the Jargon File).

And yeah, also it's a funny story.

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby Capntastic » Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:57 pm

Brin also wrote The Postman, which is about life in a post-apocalyptic world and delves into social roles in a mail dominated society.

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby FlamingDeth » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:20 pm

And stars Kevin Costner.
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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby Kai » Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:23 pm

Wait, Yudkowsky wrote this?

Okay, I'll read it.

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby BrainWalker » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:00 pm

This almost makes me wish I had read any of the Harry Potter books.
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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby Idran1701 » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:58 pm

I'd recommend giving this a try anyway, BW. I know there are plenty of fans of Methods of Rationality that have never read the books, that this is their only exposure to the setting at all.

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby ChristianC » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:25 am

I'd recommend the opposite. There's a wonderful feeling of crushed child-hood dreams when you've read 7 books of the stuff and he starts blowing it apart piece by bloody piece!
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"That's not interactive, there's no back-and-forth with the other player and how much fun is it to watch someone incredibly good at moving their eyes? And then whichever Seeker gets lucky swoops in and grabs the Snitch and makes everyone else's work moot. It's like someone took a real game and grafted on this pointless extra position just so that you could be the Most Important Player without needing to really get involved or learn the rest of it. Who was the first Seeker, the King's idiot son who wanted to play Quidditch but couldn't understand the rules?" Actually, now that Harry thought about it, that seemed like a surprisingly good hypothesis. Put him on a broomstick and tell him to catch the shiny thing...

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Re: Dear Idran

Unread postby ChristianC » Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:27 pm

SNAKES ARE SENTIENT?

If you excuse me, I have to go lie down for a while. Also, I'm going to pick up my History of Western Philosophy book again... and maybe start studying physics... and math... urrrrr
"That's not interactive, there's no back-and-forth with the other player and how much fun is it to watch someone incredibly good at moving their eyes? And then whichever Seeker gets lucky swoops in and grabs the Snitch and makes everyone else's work moot. It's like someone took a real game and grafted on this pointless extra position just so that you could be the Most Important Player without needing to really get involved or learn the rest of it. Who was the first Seeker, the King's idiot son who wanted to play Quidditch but couldn't understand the rules?" Actually, now that Harry thought about it, that seemed like a surprisingly good hypothesis. Put him on a broomstick and tell him to catch the shiny thing...


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