The Boston Diaries

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Finally!

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is finally finished! I'm so happy!

I started reading this a few years ago, but the rate of new chapters was never that fast and it's only been in the past month or so that Eliezer Yudkowsky finished writing it. I think the premise is wonderful—that Harry Potter was raised by scientists and skeptically approached magic at Hogwarts by applying rational thought and scientific experimentation. It takes a while to start, but once it does, I found I could not stop reading it (well, until I reached the current chapter and had to wait a several months for the next outburst of chapters).

Over the past two nights, I've finished reading it (staying up way past my bedtime), and I must say, I found He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named to be a quite facinating character (when he finally did show up—oh, is that a spoiler?).

I think it's worth the read, all 122 chapters of it. Don't worry, it's a complete story with Harry winning and He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named losing and not a seven book series, so don't let the length discourage you if you are a Harry Potter fan—at least now you can finish it in one reading binge if you so desire.

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