|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| fsdfasefe chapter 11 . 5/12/2010
omg just ... omg i fell on the flood holdin me sides crying
| LoireLoa chapter 20 . 5/12/2010
Ummm... So the last two chapters have thrown me for a loop. Harry learned to lose - and I can completely see why that was necessary - but I don't get the part in this chapter about Dumbledore. He had no objection to Harry or anyone else being abuse by Snape, but he has a problem if Quirrel does it in a classroom setting? WTF? (And let's not even get into Dumbledore's abuse of Harry's mental security, which he clearly had no remorse for.) And Dumbledore telling Harry that Quirrel would die from associating with Harry was uncalled for. After all, Dumbledore himself has been a part of Harry's life far longer than Quirrel has, but he's still alive and kicking.
| Loonynamelass chapter 5 . 5/12/2010
Oh my goodness, I actually laughed aloud, and I could not stop laughing. I was hysteric as Madam Malkin's assistants. I love this so much! This is who Harry could have been if he'd actually had a proper childhood! HILARIOUS!
Oh, I can't wait for the next chapter.
| Loonynamelass chapter 4 . 5/12/2010
"It's like the super beltpack of ultimate awesomeness!"
| Phygmalion chapter 20 . 5/12/2010
Wow. That was a fantastic chapter. I've never read any of the Harry Potter books, but you are making me wish I would, if only to see how your interpretation is different from Rowling's version. Great job!
| Loonynamelass chapter 2 . 5/12/2010
This story is magnificent! Some notable parts:
"a huge crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of giant zebras terrorizing the rest of England."
"A blur was coming over Harry's vision. Three thousand years, more or less, that was how long humanity had been investigating the natural world. In the beginning the ancient Greeks had thought that there were different rules in different places, a law for the heavens and a different law for the Earth. For hundreds of years the march of Reason had progressed steadily away from that starting point. Humanity had descended beneath the surface of the world, finding tissues beneath bodies, cells beneath tissues, chemistry beneath cells, quarks beneath atoms. The simple things, the eternally stable and unvarying things, the things of pure causality and math, beneath the world of surface appearances forever in flux. The laws of gravity that Newton had laid down, that seemed in retrospect to have governed every piece of the solar system since forever; and even when the orbital precession of Mercury had been discovered, an exception to Newton's laws, Einstein had come along and discovered the new theory, the new universal, the new rule that was revealed to have always governed since the beginning. The true rules were the same everywhere and everywhen for every part of the universe, you didn't have special cases for different surface appearances and exceptions whenever it was convenient, that was what humanity had learned over the last three thousand years, not to mention that the mind was the brain and the brain was made of neurons and if you damaged the brain the mind lost the corresponding ability, destroy the hippocampus and the person lost the ability to form new memories, a brain was what a person was -
And then a woman turned into a cat, so much for all that."
"I know," said his mother sympathetically, "you bite one math teacher and they never let you forget it, do they?"
| ultra dragon chapter 20 . 5/12/2010
Wow, talk about using your mind... so i guess Voldemort used that spell of purpose just before Dumbledore came...very smart... man i have no idea where your story is heading to...although it's kinda cool, i just wonder why shouldn't Dumbledore tell Harry that Quirrell is possessed...after all he knew that already*it's canon).
And making Harry learn how to lose isn't like a double edge sword for Voldemort? on the one hand he has some control over Harry,as seen in this chapter, but if Harry learns how to fake it, like Voldemort himself has done, wouldn't that make Harry a truly terrifying human being? isn't it a huge risk?
oh and how the hell can someone destroy a horcruxe in space? you just made the guy an immortal, like the real deal. (oh and you know, i think it's the first story that i read Voldemort actually knowing muggle stuff? which is a very interesting thing to read)
well you do and amazing job on this story (hopefully you will put a bit more of Hermione in the next chapter) it's areal pleasure to read this!
| Mionefan chapter 5 . 5/12/2010
(Gagging laughter) This is too much! Brilliant, I say.
| Mionefan chapter 4 . 5/12/2010
He he he, the humour is priceless!
| Mionefan chapter 1 . 5/12/2010
Well, that was unexpected! A little confusion on Michaels name however.
Professor Michael Verres-Evans, and his wife, Mrs. Petunia Evans-Verres, and their adopted son, Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. Shouldn't it be Michael Evans-Verres? Or. where does the Evans come from in his name?
Seems to be a good story, so I'll continue reading. Recommended by several people!
| Ezvir chapter 20 . 5/12/2010
Luigar: you could donate to the Singularity Institute for Artificial Initelligence /donate/
Working on friendly AI there is his day job, and also the cause he believes in.
| Luingar chapter 20 . 5/12/2010
ps: where do i throw money if i want it to get it to you?
| Kitsune chapter 20 . 5/12/2010
Love this storey. Still get thew giggles over "The Headmaster set fire to a chicken!"
| Greytune chapter 20 . 5/12/2010
I still quite don't trust Quirrell. It seems like he's just put up this 'good guy' facade to fool everyone. Ah well...
I just started reading this, and it's now in my favorites. This story truly is unique, and since I already have a weird kink for science, it's awesome to see rational!Harry in charge for once.
Update soon, please.
| aeschenkarnos chapter 20 . 5/12/2010
Fantastic story and I eagerly await each chapter.
However I'm not sure that Horcruxing the Pioneer Plaque is such a good idea. Certainly it puts the horcrux as far away from human beings as is practically possible. However:
1) It's presumably retrievable with any teleportation method not subject to distance-based limitation.
2) It's a spell of great power which may give off a noticable magical aura, particularly out in space where there is (presumably) *no* other magic of any kind, not even life.
3) Merry Christmas to the Mi-go people. Please accept this gifted mindslave.
4) Happy Birthday, Great Cthulhu. We sent you chocolates.
1) Even though we lost contact with it in 1995, humans know pretty much exactly where this thing is. It travels at 11.6 km/s, ie 0.3% of light speed, along a known trajectory. Even if you subscribe to Charles Stross's "The High Frontier Redux", (and in this world you don't, because of magic, and magic changes everything), that's still retrievable within a century or two.
2) It "yells". Not loudly any more, since it's getting such a tiny amount of power, but it could be detected by spacefaring entities.
3) Mi-Go. They do both science *and* magic.
4) Impact with *anything* at 11.6 km/s, however vanishly unlikely, is still going to destroy that horcrux.
1) Use magic to solve scientific problems. FTL travel by some other means than teleportation. Magical adaptation to the space non-environment. Perpetual motion, breach of the laws of thermodynamics, solution of NP-complete problems, etc. Granted, Harry's feeling his way towards this "magistery", this synthesis of the Art and the Art ...
2) The Outer Dark is outer, and dark. Given how much else of "human science" is plain *wrong*, it's entirely likely that human science is wrong about the nature and perhaps the very existence of space itself. How does Voldemort know that Outer Space is not Cold Hell? (I stand within a nutshell, and count myself king of infinite space ...)
Out of all of this, were I Voldemort, I'd be most worried about the Mi-Go. Would you give effective control of one-seventh of your soul to hypersentient magical brain/bug/fungus things who specialize in magical control of souls?
(Of course, you can wand-wave all this away and declare that Mi-Go and similar things don't exist in your universe, and there really is insurmountable space between the stars ... but that's exactly what pre-story Harry believed about magic.)