So, a couple of nights ago I finished Chapter 112 of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. I keep wanting to review it but I really can't because it's just too huge in scale, I could write a whole blog about it. But if I only review small parts, or talk about Harry's behaviour in x chapter, people who haven't read HPMOR won't get it. Dilemma. There are 8 chapters to go before the story finishes and I'm afraid, because I was reduced to tears by quite a few of the latest chapters and I really don't know if Less Wrong will give us a happy ending.
So I think I'll have to make a plan and proper schedule, maybe do a series about HPMOR. If you don't want to be super confused, read the fanfic. It's quite possibly the most impressive thing I've ever read.
It's obvious that HPMOR is just a vessel for the author to teach us about rationality, but holy hell am I persuaded. If he can write a book that good, I'll follow him. So now I'm looking into his rationality archives, but I have to admit, they're not light reading in the slightest. He calls his introduction to Bayesian probability stuff excruciatingly gentle, but I still couldn't do the first question and I don't consider myself stupid.
I think if I weren't switching between internet tabs and printed it out and studied it I might be able to make a dent. Until I
"What is true is already so
Owning up to it doesn't make it worse"
That's a partial quote. It's nice, and somewhat familiar given how many times Harry referenced it during the book.
It's disconcerting when you can actually feel yourself being changed by a book. And yes, I'm calling it a book rather than a fanfic and people have all these prejudiced ideas about the standard of fanfics that really annoy me. I will readily admit that many fanfics are shite, but there are some, like this one, that are better than most published works (in my opinion).
So, three messages:
1. Read HPMOR. Do it. Do it now.
2. Don't be close-minded about fanfics.
3. I'll be starting Business Bootcamp in UCD tomorrow, so wish me luck.
4. Book blogger Aimee did a lovely interview with me recently over on her blog To The Barricade! which you can read here.
Also, I just realised that I missed a Photo Friday. I am sorry.