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Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-16T07:31:04.517Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Because I think too many people in this thread suffer from thinking that Quirrel is literally infallible in regards to anything he tries.

I have thought the same in conversations about other puzzles for that character, so I should heartily agree. The evidence shows no reason for him to want her to stay.

I update to believing that Quirrell tried and failed to drive Hermione away p>0.6. His groundhog day attack equipped him to expertly apply pressure to her but she still persevered, even barely, because she is heroic. (He was using reverse psychology to drive her toward Harry p0.25.)

Thank you for the reality check.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-16T06:24:46.428Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It loses much of the impact when you intentionally seek it out, I think.

Listening to something is not at all the same as listening to something for seven hours.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-16T05:15:15.288Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Dumbledore tried to push Hermione away from heroism specifically to push her towards it. Maybe Quirrell thinks the same tool work work on her. He doesn't even have to know that Dumbledore thought that would work or used that tool on Hermione. He could just observe in her the same vulnerability to that method.

Comment by percent_carbon on Our Phyg Is Not Exclusive Enough · 2012-04-16T04:38:20.414Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

There's probably no need for the groups to signal each other's existence.

When a new Secret Even Less Wrong is formed, members are previously formed Secret Even Less Wrongs who are still participating in Less Wrong are likely to receive secret invites to the new Secret Even Less Wrong.

Nyan_sandwich might set up his secret Google Group or whatever, invite the people he feels are worthy and willing to form the core of his own Secret Even Less Wrong, and receive in reply an invite to an existing Secret Even Less Wrong.

That might have already happened!

Comment by percent_carbon on Our Phyg Is Not Exclusive Enough · 2012-04-15T10:26:49.655Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You're not proposing a different system, you're just proposing additional qualifiers.

Comment by percent_carbon on Our Phyg Is Not Exclusive Enough · 2012-04-15T10:09:47.060Z · score: 5 (7 votes) · LW · GW

This creates tension. I'm about .6 confident that tension is intentional.

You're suggesting a strategy of tension?

To be honest, I've always assumed that there exist a variety of more LW-spinoff private forums where the folks who have more specialized/advanced groundings get to interact without being bothered by the rest of us.

Aw. And they didn't invite nyan_sandwich. That's so sad.

He or she should get together with other people who haven't been invited to Even Less Wrong and form their own. Then one day they can get together with Even Less Wrong like some NFL/AFL merger, only with more power to save the world.

There would have to be a semaphore or something, somewhere. So these secret groups can let each other know they exist without tipping off the newbs.

Comment by percent_carbon on Our Phyg Is Not Exclusive Enough · 2012-04-15T09:26:58.406Z · score: -2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Please go ahead and downvote me if you feel that way.

You're too kind. Of course I already did. I just wish you'd somehow split up the things I wanted to respond.

Aside, I didn't downvote the post I quoted and I don't know why someone would. Maybe because we're speaking pointlessly? Maybe because they thought I was trolling and you were feeding me?

Comment by percent_carbon on Our Phyg Is Not Exclusive Enough · 2012-04-15T08:42:52.338Z · score: 28 (38 votes) · LW · GW

I've lurked here for over a year and just started posting in the fan fic threads a month ago. I have read a handful of posts from the sequences and I believe that some of those are changing my life. Sometimes when I start a sequence post I find it uninteresting and I stop. Posts early in the recommended order do this, and that gets in the way every time I try to go through in order. I just can't be bothered because I'm here for leisure and reading uninteresting things isn't leisurely.

I am noise and I am part of the doom of your community. You have my sympathy, and also my unsolicited commentary:

Presently your community is doomed because you don't filter.

Noise will keep increasing until the community you value splinters, scatters, or relocates itself as a whole. A different community will replace it, resembling the community you value just enough to mock you.

If you intentionally segregate based on qualifications your community is doomed anyway.

The qualified will stop contributing to the unqualified sectors, will stop commending potential qualifiers as they approach qualification, and will stop driving out never qualifiers with disapproval. Noise will win as soon as something drives a surge of new interest and the freshest of the freshmen overwhelm the unqualified but initiated.

Within the fortress of qualification things will be okay. They might never feel as good as you think you remember, but when you look through that same lens from further ahead you might recognize a second Golden Age of Whatever. Over time less new blood will be introduced, especially after the shanty town outside the fortress burns to the ground a couple times. People will leave for the reasons people leave. The people left will become more insular and self referential. That will further drive down new blood intake.

Doomed.

What are you going to do about it?

The best steps to take to sustain the community you value in this instance may be different than the best steps to take to build a better instance of the community.

Comment by percent_carbon on Our Phyg Is Not Exclusive Enough · 2012-04-15T08:13:20.676Z · score: -6 (10 votes) · LW · GW

I want to upvote you for being right about the phygvfu language and where to put the filter.

I want to downvote you for just about evetrything else. You are discourteous, butthurt, and there's more than a bit of Dunning-Krueger stuck in your teeth.

Breathe, son. He don't wanna kick you out, he just wishes it didn't seem like such a damn good idea.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-15T05:06:48.768Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Who doesn't have plots in this book? I hardly think that's a test for evil in this book - more like a test for intelligence.

Not the best test. Ron is intelligent. Ron does not appear to plot, only form and employ strategy.

Assuming that it was all a Quirrell plot - which I do at this point - he could also have redeemed Hermione at the last minute with some evidence after she was condemned, and his point with magical Britain had been made.

Like he did with Harry against the Dementor.

Like he claimed he intended to do with the auror he threw an AK at.

Like he did in the Draco the Drop Lord Theatre incident. We should be suspicious of that one, as well.

Like he did as Voldemort when he set his Forces of Evil up to self destruct after he left the game, thereby sparing the rest of the world.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T13:36:42.948Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

No, I don't - there is no such dichotomy.

Right, sorry. You either have to trust him to some degree or assume that any content may be compromised.

I don't understand all the interest in this. Is there a section of the site where unedited comments carry special weight?

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T12:50:40.089Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Wait. Wait just one minute.

Can Eliezer edit his posts without leaving an asterisk?

Yes. Yes he can. Must be an administrator thing.

Do you mean he both can and has done so at least once in the past?

Yes. I am positive that I pasted that line and did not rearrange it.

Note to self (and others): Assume all Eliezer comments have an asterisk.

Either he or someone he strongly influences has administrator access to the site and can change any comment at any time. You either have to trust him or assume that all comments have an asterisk.

Is there supposed to be something especially secure about this place?

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T10:25:37.071Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Wait. Wait just one minute.

Can Eliezer edit his posts without leaving an asterisk?

Yes. Yes he can. Must be an administrator thing.

I expect he could edit mine, too, if he wanted.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T09:23:17.314Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

And people go around complaining about HPJEV being a bastard.

Why do people use this?

Also, why Harry Potter James Evans Veras?

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T09:18:31.377Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Changing the date fixes this because the reader can go look it up and realize that it can't be Riddle after all.

"OhmygodohmygodOHMYGOD! Bones is going to figure out Quirrell is Voldemort! OHMYGOD! What's he going to do?!?! He's surrounded by aurors, he's in DMLE headquarters!... Oh my GOD! Those aurors are so screwed!!"

looks up Tom Riddle online because that's totally what all readers would do

"Oh, hm. That's not Riddle then. I wonder who it is?"

...

Are you really suggesting that EY means the reader to do this? He said he wasn't going to lie to us anymore. See's low-probability theory of tease and WHAM involves EY lying to his readers, but your take on it that they were supposed to be totally tricked until the look it up online (?!?!) is turns that up to ridiculous levels.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T08:22:49.466Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If EY originally intended the bait and switch, then regretted it, p>0.8 he would clean out other things that only exist to support his ill conceived tease.

What other things?

The Albanian Shuffle. See says there is a real chance that it is mentioned just to string the reader along and make us think Bones is about to say that Quirrell is Riddle.

"Reader! She's about to undercover the Defense Professor is Voldemort!" as a message intended to be sent to the reader but not the characters at about p=0.25.

I dismiss this because EY changed the date, which comes at the top of the passage, just so readers wouldn't jump to think Bones is talking about Riddle. If EY took such a step to prevent the tease that Bones was about to name Riddle, then I would expect EY would not leave things in that were only there to build up that tease.

So the Albanian Shuffle is dismissively unlikely to be referenced for the sake of making the reader think Bones was about to name Riddle. I really don't know how you could think that in the first place unless you first read that paragraph after already thinking that Bones was going to name Riddle.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T08:13:33.520Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

"In all honesty," said Professor Quirrell, looking up at the stars, "I still don't understand it. They should have known that their lives depended on that man's success. And yet it was as if they tried to do everything they could to make his life unpleasant. To throw every possible obstacle into his way. I was not naive, Miss Granger, I did not expect the power-holders to align themselves with me so quickly - not without something in it for themselves. But their power, too, was threatened; and so I was shocked how they seemed content to step back, and leave to that man all burdens of responsibility. They sneered at his performance, remarking among themselves how they would do better in his place, though they did not condescend to step forward." Professor Quirrell shook his head as though in bemusement. "And it was the strangest thing - the Dark Wizard, that man's dread nemesis - why, those who served him leapt eagerly to their tasks. The Dark Wizard grew crueler toward his followers, and they followed him all the more. Men fought for the chance to serve him, even as those whose lives depended on that other man made free to render his life difficult... I could not understand it, Miss Granger." Professor Quirrell's face was in shadow, as he looked upward. "Perhaps, by taking on himself the curse of action, that man removed it from all others? Was that why they felt free to hinder his battle against the Dark Wizard who would have enslaved them all? Believing men would act in their own interest was not cynicism, it turned out, but sheerest optimism; in reality men do not meet so high a standard. And so in time that one realized he might do better fighting the Dark Wizard alone, than with such followers at his back."

I don't know how long he thought it would take, but it sounds like he had no idea how hard it would suck.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T07:12:49.703Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Fantastic.

I dismiss the bait and switch because the passage does not seem to lay down that tease; p0.8 he would clean out other things that only exist to support his ill conceived tease. There isn't a WHAM paragraph with few words surrounded by white space. It's just not built like a bait and switch shocker.

While reading, I thought that Scion of X did fight Riddle and did as Hermione suggested:

"You left your friends behind where they'd be safe, and tried to attack the Dark Wizard all by yourself?"

And after Voldemort killed him he kept the identity close because things like that can be useful. But I know that I am gullible and literal (p>0.2 that I under value literal interpretations after an alternative is available), so I dismissed that as soon as I thought up an explanation that worked on a more in character plot. p<0.01

I dismiss the unknown, unrelated, unremarked third party because of Conservation of Detail. p<0.01

I don't have any other speculation worth mentioning, so "something else" gets p<0.25.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T06:34:27.629Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It's taken me three passes over the newest posts to figure out that you meant you sympathize with him. Upvoting for (delayed) chuckle.

Do you sympathize with Randian protagonists, too?

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T05:45:10.866Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What was idiotic about the way Harry was protected?

Did you miss the part about a single point of failure?

Fate of the whole fucking world and the critical security decisions and on site protective services are trusted to a crew of twenty somethings who were really close in school. Idiots.

And Voldemort was knowingly superior to every possible defender, so why would he worry about it?

The only reason to work alone is if working with others means watching your back more. We have no evidence that Vodlemort executed his other raids singlehandely, so we should believe that he did it the smart way with backup. So why the sudden switch from terrorist to cheap slasher monster?

On something where MoR is silent, canon carries a lot of weight. On something where MoR spends time adjusting expectations, canon carries very little weight.

MoR is not silent on the question of sacrifice, it is covered under the primary themes of the story. Throwing your life away futilely not smart and should not be rewarded in a story with rationalist aspirations. There's no exposition on the subject of mother's love sacrifice charms, so if this is what happened it will be unforeshadowed. EY has said that is a bad thing to do so we should guess that he probably doesn't intend to do that.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T04:40:39.435Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Or that the unpaid bounties were put up by people who now believe Voldemort to have returned.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T04:37:36.899Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I guess it depends on your definition of "good". Care to quantify yours?

I guess you should quantify your own definition of the word, perhaps in the same post in which you ask someone else to quantify theirs, since you used it first.

I'd say p>0.95 that "Went on a graduation tour abroad and disappeared while visiting Albania." is meant to communicate something to the readers that it does not communicate to the characters.

I'd say p>0.75 that the thing it is meant to communicate is that the hero was compromised by Riddle, like Quirrell was in canon.

I don't expect it to be the same. Voldemort's shade in canon may have had possession capacity that young Tom Riddle did not.

I'd say p>0.5 that the hero was replaced, that Tom Riddle physically played both roles in his own flesh.

Your turn.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T03:56:03.511Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I had sex ed at that age. I think it was a remarkably unproductive use of time for most of the people in there. But there was a least one girl who was pregnant the next year, so it's possible that it prevented further pregnancy.

Sex education does not prevent all pregnancy any more than driver's education prevents all accidents. Kids both fuck and fuck up.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T03:46:55.685Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

An accused person has the right to know why they are being accused and to defend themselves before receiving a penalty

Sorry, but this doesn't appear to be the case. If you do not possess the means to defend a right, you don't actually have it. In this case, no authority greater than your own had declared this right, and you have no expectation for any power to intercede on your behalf.

It's like Nerf Mob Justice in here.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T03:41:50.884Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Why would he need backup to kill a baby?

People protect babies and it would be reasonable to expect that people would work especially hard to protect babies that are prophesied to save the world from an evil villain. It turns out that his enemies were idiots and suffered a single point of failure, but even if he thought he knew that the target would be under protected the smart thing to do is not to depend on his quisling and go in alone.

And yes, the sacrifice story comes from canon, not MoR. Still, with no other hints, that gives it a pretty high prior probability.

How high is this canon bonus to probability of yours? Would you say that Aberforth was probably a zoophile just because he was in canon? Or that Ron and Hermione will probably get together because they did in canon? Or that Snape will kill Dumbldedore because he did in canon?

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T03:34:43.885Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, that is one of the holes in this thing.

Riddle probably got his idea to exchange heroism for power from somewhere else.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-14T03:31:16.982Z · score: 1 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Well, you get to pick your race and your class (middle)

Pfft

I'd stick with the Human race. I don't like the lack of supplemental material for the others. They're really under developed.

I have serious doubts that class in the sense you use it in could possibly be elective. The spread just doesn't match any decision making process I'd want to relate to.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T11:56:45.871Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Oh. I edit mine when I make a mistake that makes them mean something else. Or when someone prompts me to.

But if you're adding information then it's useful to you to mark that you added something. That way the people that already pounced on your post notice there's something new there while they're pounding Refresh to see if you've responded to them.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T11:50:03.516Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

First time it can be amusing, but if such situation would repeat often, the amusement would fade and the costs would stay.

I can't tell if you're telling me I don't actually enjoy this or if you're threatening me with promises that time will deliver retribution.

I cooperate with my future selves

Things like this are why I can't convince my friends that you guys aren't a "system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object." I don't know what you're saying but I'll bet p>0.75 there's a way to say it without sounding like a fucking time traveler.

EDIT: I mean to say that you use phrases that reference something common to some group you belong to, but uncommon to the public majority. I could say you sound like you come from fairy land or a phyg or outer space, but saying that you sound like you come from another time seemed the most apt until I noticed the phrase I criticized said something about your future selves. Maybe that's why I thought of time travel. I wasn't taking you literally.

EDIT II: Son of Edit: Phyg

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T11:31:14.522Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Aw. That's like learning that the reason Mulder and Scully have such great chemistry is that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson can't stand each other.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T11:11:01.550Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Is it a norm on Less Wrong that there is not a "grace period" to make an edit within a few seconds after posting and before anyone has replied, to make minor corrections or to add something that the user forgot to say and just realized after submitting the comment?

I'm not certain of what you're asking, here, but I just found out that you can delete a post if no one has responded to it yet. So in case that's what you were after, there's that.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T11:03:58.359Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I didn't mean to say you were suggesting particular rules.

If a thing is unfair, then it is not following the rules. It does sound like you believe or believed that there were some rules that should have been followed, but were not.

Your hypothetical rules might have been reasonable. If my vague speculation about roughly what those rule might have been is close, then there isn't a means in place on this board to enforce rules like that.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T09:12:58.826Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

a negative-sum game, where we lose because the damn spoiler is still up, and you lose by losing all your karma, and we ALL lose by wasting time debating this back and forth.

Not everyone is losing. For example, I've been enjoying this. I doubt I'm the only one.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:44:08.454Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

what are you referring to by this?

The bickering.

You, specifically, do it so much. Surely you do it because you enjoy it?

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:43:01.010Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Unlike in Dresdenverse where I just finished reading Butters giving an analysis

That scene is exactly what I was thinking of.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:40:57.192Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Hmm? We have no good evidence to distinguish between the following two hypotheses...

Yeah we do. When EY writes that the heroic Scion of X vanished while traveling Ablania in 45 he is telling the readers that Voldemort took him by making a shout out to what happened to Quirrell in canon.

The Ablanian Shuffle is good evidence.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:37:42.921Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You should say what part is stupid.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:35:15.539Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

He means that Tom Riddle isn't connected to any noble house but Scion of X was. So it is incongruent that people would just to think that Scion of X was Tome Riddle.

Born or married house, not sorted house.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:33:30.724Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The circumstances we are given in MOR do not require or imply a sacrifice. There are no hints that Harry was saved by a sacrifice. I can't think of any hints about any reason at all that he was saved, really.

If Vodlemort hears of a threat that is an infant and he takes that threat seriously enough to do something about an infant, we are not told anything about Voldemort that makes it in character for him to confront a threat like that alone.

That is, there is more than one problem with the story we have concerning the night Harry's parents died.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:27:26.045Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'm sorry. I don't understand what you're suggesting. Please say more about your point.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:18:48.831Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Have we heard of magical Britain being remarkably prudish in either MOR or canon?

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:17:42.518Z · score: 6 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Wanting a child does not necessitate responsibility.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:16:14.607Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe he is thinking of fertility the way a gamer thinks of health.

Wizards are just healthier. There isn't a solid, hard science fiction explanation for why they heal faster and shrug off harder hits. They just do.

Likewise no attention needs to be paid to the nature of the end of fertility or the resources that run out or the way the odds of viable offspring and safe childbirth start ramping down around in the mid to late twenties in normal females. They just don't in a witch's life.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T07:07:26.567Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Curiosity is a virtue.

These two posts make up about a quarter of the total karma points I have. They are outliers beyond my outliers. The reasons people give for upvoting them are entirely worth investigation.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T06:47:26.678Z · score: 11 (13 votes) · LW · GW

I suggest you reroll.

Thanks, but nah. I'm a healthy white male American with a middle class background and an intelligence greater than one standard deviation above the mean. Slow healing wounds are not enough to reroll in the face of the great risk of a less privileged life.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T06:33:13.669Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

That said, even the sort of people who go to such events probably have some limits.

Yes. It sounds like it takes them twenty minutes to start making the best of things.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-13T06:20:23.965Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

When I started here I went back and changed posts, hoping that downvotes would be replaced with upvotes. There was little reaction and I think it really wasn't worth the time.

Near as I can tell, the easiest way to get your karma back is to make a top level post repeating what other people are already saying in storytelling way. That may fall out of fashion at some point, though, so don't over invest your time in developing your storytelling and other people repeating skills, or whatever.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-12T14:03:22.954Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Father Christmas, isn't it? Or Santa Claus. That's canon.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-12T14:01:26.182Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

There's a continuous spectrum of pitch. The character is kind of showing off, like he always kind of is.

He's probably hitting notes that are multiples of irrational numbers when described in Hertz.

Retracted because it seemed the best way to acknowledge the correction: the vast majority of common musical notes are multiples of irrational numbers when described in Hertz.

Comment by percent_carbon on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-12T13:17:17.761Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

A slight cut could heal up in the ~eight hours between the fight and breakfast

Really? Papercuts bother me for a couple days at least.

Something about a witch's constitution, perhaps.