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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Cover of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

HPMOR is both the best and the worst of rationalist fiction. Terrible, terrible writing, in a physically painful stilted style, and oh-so-fucking superior. There aren’t even characters in this story, only symbols.

At the same time, there’s the sequence against death, which I love to pieces, enough to revisit it occasionally.

Quotes

I don’t want to rule the universe. I just think it could be more sensibly organised.

I CAN DO MAGIC! FEAR ME, LAWS OF PHYSICS, I’M COMING TO VIOLATE YOU!

(Excuse me, what? said his brain.)
(We just teleported, explained Harry.)
(That didn’t used to happen in the ancestral environment, Harry’s brain complained, and disoriented him.)

Isaac Newton actually was born on December 25th, unlike some other historical figures I could name.