|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| Greghero chapter 64 . 8/28
Oh my God, I need a welcome to the real world fanfic after this
| Avatar Whitelighter chapter 64 . 8/17
I love thesr well placed Omake Files in key places in this epic fanfiction. Helps to catch a breath before the rest of the epic plot.
| graika chapter 64 . 4/24
solo quiero decirte que te odio... yo se que el fic estará aquí mañana, pero sigo leyendo! osea que no me quieres aquí? no cuenta para nada que prefiera leer tu historia super confusa que dormir? me siento traicionada... y solo por eso SEGUIRÉ LEYENDO!
| Scott chapter 64 . 4/22
In regards to 'Welcome To The Real World':
I know this misses the point, and don't get me wrong, I get the meaning behind this and love it, but has Neo forgotten that it actually does make sense? In order to have dead humans, you'd have to have live ones. In order to have live ones, you'd have to feed them something. Maybe or maybe not necessarily dead humans.
| Guest chapter 64 . 4/19
I am familiar with exactly two of these things and I absolutely loved every single one and my English teacher would die if she got a copy of that ebook.
| ack1308 chapter 64 . 4/7
| skullcrusher1 chapter 64 . 12/31/2016
yes someone finally notices why the plot hole in the matrix is quite easily explainable i hate listening to peoplr trying to ruin the move by pointing the energy thing
| Yakosh chapter 64 . 12/27/2016
The feeling when I look at the time and realize that if I have a concrete, stated bedtime, then it is almost exactly 5 hours past it.
| Jatok chapter 64 . 11/18/2016
Hah, these are funny. I look forward to the naruto one
| Peter Daines chapter 64 . 11/10/2016
The author should consider hiring a copyright lawyer, and then publishing a series of "rationality" parodies of popular novels. The author clearly has a huge amount of talent, and really is constructing independent transformative works of literature that only borrow the bare outlines of plotlines, settings, and characters.
If I were the judge, I would find no copyright infringement because the works are basically parodies. I am not the judge. I am not even your lawyer. I am just a law student. However, the author should seriously consider hiring a lawyer to get an expert opinion. When the lawyer issues an opinion that the work would not infringe J.K. Rowling's' copyrights, the author could start shopping around his work to major publishers.
I would very much like to see this series in print, and I would recommend it to EVERY nerdy friend I ever come in contact with.
| AngelicArtemis chapter 64 . 11/3/2016
Haven't read this chapter but I read the first sentence and was like "fuck it's already 4 am! And I have a paper today! "
Yea... I'm gonna go sleep now...
| marvinkitfox1 chapter 64 . 11/1/2016
"The universe doesn't run on math."
Warn me before you dredge forth Horrors that would make even the Elder Gods cringe!
| Dialbrie chapter 64 . 10/3/2016
lol . These omakes makes it worth reading this story. By that I don't mean I haven't enjoyed the story so far, just that these are my highlight of it. And I wish you could give me several hundred thousand more words of it ;)
| The Anguished One chapter 64 . 8/10/2016
Some of these are hilarious and others, I truly wish I could read more. Not going to lie, my favorite is Friendship is Science.
| SirMandokarla chapter 64 . 6/14/2016
I feel like Lord of the Rationality would end terribly. The ring obviously lies to Frodo. Gandalf speaks true when he claims Sauron understands only desire, the evidence is there, in his history, the fact that all Sauron's successful manipulations throughout history have been based solely on the (true) assumption that his opponents desire power. Sauron manipulated the Numenoreans, the lords of men, and even his own subjects based purely on the concept of the desire for power. Especially horrifying in this LotR, Frodo is clearly far more susceptible, has far more desire for knowledge (ie power) in this story. Under his keeping, it is unlikely the ring would make it far before being returned to its master. Sadly, the ring successfully manipulated its user away from the one true way to defeat its master, and I've no doubt that world of Middle-Earth is no more.
| Happy chapter 64 . 6/3/2016
Clever beyond words and mostly over my head ... Like watching Monty Python. I delight in their delight with themselves, but I don't get most of it. But I am still delighted...
| Guest chapter 64 . 6/3/2016
I must say ripping into my favorites here, kind of hurts. Not cool completely obliterating the point of a lot of them. They do work and have rationality, despite not being as cold and calculating as this. They are not stupid in their original forms. Like this they're less realistic and a whole lot less fun.
The twilight one was pretty funny though.
| Guest chapter 64 . 3/5/2016
i literally peeded my pants reading this, Diagon Alley in particular. Having to keep a spare pair in my bag just incase. No sexy stuff but that's okay. Do hope H&H end up together tho
| Guest chapter 64 . 3/1/2016
Sleep? What's sleep? I have to finish this fic
| JackBurns838 chapter 64 . 2/20/2016
AaAAAAAH It's 5 hours past time to sleep AaAAAAAAAaaaaah This is a very good
| Andivare chapter 64 . 1/11/2016
The odd fact that your note about five hours past bed time is so oddly correct. And after reading this for so many hours straight im starting to wonder if i am cracking up . Love the story good night well morning here whatever.
| Guest chapter 64 . 1/5/2016
How could you possibly set up a "The Name of the Wind" crossover series and not write it? Ever since someone recommended the book to me, I've yet to see another series meet that level of in-depth characterization, world-building, and plot making. It instantly moved to my number one favorite, and I haven't moved it since.
Until I met this fanfiction . . .
It might not make number one, but it's most definitely in the top five, no doubt about that. And, knowing Patrick Rothfuss-despite being a wonderful author-has taken many many years between his novels, I can't help but crave something written by you and transferred into "The Kingkiller Chronicles" world.
Not even sure if you read these reviews any more. Oh, well. Worth a shot.
| SchrodingerCat chapter 64 . 12/8/2015
50 Shades of Rationality
"So, let me get this straight," Anastasia said coolly, tapping the pen against her cheek. "You want me to sign away virtually all of my rights - which can't be legally binding, by the way. You realize I barely know you, right?" She cast a scathing glance at the papers in her hand. "And you want to control what I eat, what I wear, and what I do during virtually every minute of every day? I don't even get to negotiate that?" She rolled her eyes. "I think you're missing the informed consent part."
Grey favored her with a condescending look. "You know you want this, Anastasia," he purred. "Just give in to what your inner goddess wants."
Anastasia laughed out loud. "Thanks, but no thanks. Find someone else to abuse in the name of BDSM, because what you're doing is abuse. Not kink." With that, she tossed the contract on the table and walked out.
Sorry, I just couldn't resist writing this one
| WatchingTheWatchman chapter 64 . 12/8/2015
Romeo, Juliet, and Rationality
Romeo: Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath,
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.
Thou art not conquered.
Wait, how can that be?
Why art thou yet so fair?
Some other explanation must suffice
To give reason for your lack of decay
(Tosses poison on floor)
Thus you may not be in death's embrace
Juliet (waking): I do remember well where I should be,
And there I am. Where is my Romeo?
(Sees Paris's body)
What's here? Paris, dead at my feet?
A blade hath been his timeless end.
All could have been averted far earlier,
If only we had thought further,
Three days does not true love make
Because Romeo and Juliet should have been way shorter.
Also, that's a much better depiction of Twilight than the actual books.
| jackalopian chapter 64 . 11/8/2015
soooo... you know how you wrote at the top to go to sleep if it was hours past your bedtime... yeah. Thank you. This is now the next morning.
| ShadowLDrago chapter 64 . 10/27/2015
| Guest chapter 64 . 10/13/2015
A) I am forgoing sleep, health, and possibly sanity to read this - no joke. B) I will be so disappointed if this isn't hear in a bit, or the last chapter is simply maniacal laughter instead of any sort of conclusion C) If you can love the idea of a person I love you.
| Mentathial chapter 64 . 9/22/2015
| Jarlaxle chapter 64 . 9/21/2015
That matrix omake genuinely made my day. I love how Morpheus kept his cool. That was so in character.
| BrotatoChips chapter 64 . 8/29/2015
Rationality of the Rings!
| Kabs chapter 64 . 7/22/2015
The matrix one was especially good
| StephAD chapter 64 . 6/28/2015
I would like to state that I am quite literally five hours past my bed time. I have no intentions of falling asleep right now (much as I would like to be ABLE to), and I'm worried that I won't sleep until I've finished this fic. Considering that I am merely just over halfway done with it, this is somewhat troubling.
| fuzzyidioms chapter 64 . 6/25/2015
Giggles so many giggles. A great thank you for this becrossing pause
| Tornhold chapter 64 . 6/7/2015
Hah, that's awesome. 'The universe doesn't run on math.'
| PA chapter 64 . 5/22/2015
Bwuahahaha. I would absolutely read the MLP and Naruto fanfics. Even Twilight.
| Berlin chapter 64 . 5/17/2015
Well, looks like I read this way more than 3 hours later... Damn busyness...
| Berlin chapter 64 . 5/16/2015
I'll read this in 3 hours. It's, what, 6 hours? Yeah, 6 hours past my bedtime and i have to get up an hour early. Btw, my house number is 404, is that a bad sign?
| jon reeve chapter 64 . 5/3/2015
The Matrix omake was very yes.
| demon edge chapter 64 . 4/30/2015
Whatever you're smoking can I have some?
| Guest chapter 64 . 4/23/2015
Okay, I did like Jasmine and the Lamp, except why increase their IQ points? IQ is nothing if you don't actually USE it. I know plenty of people who have PhDs and they are blithering idiots in some areas because it's not 'their area.'
No a better wish would have been "I wish for everyone to increase their intelligence and *wisdom* each year by 1 percent." Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge and intelligence in practical situations.
However, I do point out about the Thundercats thing: I think Panthro would respond something like this:
"Oh, we could try but it would make things worse. Mumm-Ra's pyramid is surrounded by a unique electromagnetic spectral field, that would render all incoming missiles as under Mumm-Ra's control, as well as any asteroids. This would then allow him to deflect the missile away from his pyramid and to a village full of innocents. Why do you think the Robear Berbils who have advanced technology have never tried to do such a thing? They were capable of interstellar travel and could have pulled an asteroid down upon his pyramid but they haven't? Unlike you, I spoke with them while they were helping us build the lair, and their leader told me that they tried bringing an asteroid upon him. He kept deflecting them upon others. Imagine my surprise when they told me that Mumm-Ra would have wiped out an entire species with a single asteroid that they had aimed at him if they hadn't managed to recapture control of the asteroid and divert it away just in time. So no, while that seems like the simplest of solutions, Mumm-Ra's technology is too powerful."
"Technology, but I thought magic..."
"No, magic is just advanced technology that one does not understand yet."
| Village-Mystic chapter 64 . 3/28/2015
Some of these I understood, and other I did not.
| HogwartsMed chapter 64 . 3/14/2015
The Lord of the Rings one is... beautiful and deep. I find myself reading it over and over again. How did you emulate Tolkien's style so perfectly? Bilbo's sacrifice gives me goosebumps.
| Ersatz Einstein chapter 64 . 2/19/2015
It's nice to see a bit of humor here and there in contrast to the seriousness of the actual story. Opening with "Lord of the Rationality" was a wonderful nod to events in canon, and "Welcome to the Real World" was hilarious.
| ronald.lambert.503 chapter 64 . 2/13/2015
When you said "mythical Sons of Adam" you violated the faith of C.S. Lewis, who did believe in the literal truth of all humanity being descended from the Adam of Genesis.
| viressiel chapter 64 . 2/11/2015
"If you're five hours past your bedtime and still reading this, may I suggest getting some sleep? The fic will still be here tomorrow..." I read this and immediately thought, "how did they know?" I am way overtired and possibly more than 5 hours past my bedtime. Not to mention of course, that this is the second night in a row that I have stayed up too late to read this fic! I continue reading... "unless, you know, something bad happens to it and the next morning there's just a 404 at this address and you're left with nothing but a fading memory and an eternal regret that you didn't stay awake longer and keep reading while you still had the chance... but hey, how probable is that?" Ahhh, now I won't be able to sleep, with this plus the continual background "but what happens next?" I'm in college! I have classes and work and you're making me subsist on inadequate sleep and I can't even properly complain because this story is so entirely worth it! But this is it, I need to sleep. I must simply have faith that this story will still be here tomorrow, and that I will get a third chance to stay up half the night with my latest addiction. I'm leaving now before I get sucked back in...
| 5th Dimension chapter 64 . 2/1/2015
I like the Lord of the Rings one, the Matrix one is hilarious, but I think my absolute favorite is the Narnia one, for its amazing and cutting accuracy. I have often wondered what would happen if I wrote a Narnia fanfic in which Aslan didn't exist.
| Guest chapter 64 . 1/2/2015
You changed the mlp omake. Why? Will you continue?
| Guest chapter 64 . 12/31/2014
It is 5:21AM. This made me smile.
| TheButterflyComposer chapter 64 . 12/25/2014
'The universe doesn't run on math'
That's not true, that's impossible!
"Search your feelings, you know it to be true.
( But seriously, the machines decided to invent a universe and then make it slightly out of sack with the real universe just on the off chance that if you escaped it, you'd make yourself look dumb to the people already there?
The machines are dicks!)
| Guest chapter 64 . 11/28/2014
HOW DID YOU DO THAT?
At chapter 64, it says 'you're still reading this five hours past your bedtime'... a line I read exactly four hours and fifty-eight minutes past my bedtime!
| Xivern chapter 64 . 10/12/2014
I don't suppose that Nightmare moon has weighed the consequences of removing the sun from the sky? Because, the threats of global freezing and mass starvation are things you might want to consider.
| Cryptorex chapter 64 . 10/10/2014
Thanks for writing the thing you wrote at the start of the chapter. And if you want to know it is 5am and 5 hours past my bedtime. It is one of those perfect moments. See you tommorow.
| Swiftalon chapter 64 . 9/20/2014
Fermat's Last theorem.
| Lacemaker chapter 64 . 9/1/2014
Hah! Your warning shows you know your audience well, author. Usually I populate these reviews with missed grammatical errors, plot holes, OOC moments, and other writing critiques which are based in techniques taught by any decent AP English teacher.
I have not had to do that here. You clearly are smarter/have studied/have read more than I, and I miss over half the references you make and I AM STILL LOVING THIS FIC. After three days of (nearly, I still must keep up appearances of normality after all) continuous reading, I am still utterly entranced, and almost caught up with the fine friend who showed me this fic in the first place, Star1412. (She is somewhere in the 70s, and has mentioned that she tends to wait on her reviews until she has caught up completely.)
Harry seems to enjoy doing things others consider impossible, and watching him deliver is a joy I cannot express adequately in an impersonal typed response; SOMETHING is always lost in the transfer. This story has had me laughing out loud, staying up late, pestering my roommate every five minutes as another thing I could not have possibly foreseen happens, and I simply must talk it over with someone. I have grown exhausted with my preferred form of literature as of late; as a troper, it is simply too sad to continue to read after I have worked out the plot halfway through. This fic is in no danger of that. You surprise me more with every new chapter, and it is a delight to watch unfold.
You have a convert, good sir.
| thepkrmgc chapter 64 . 8/2/2014
yay for more Omake! its a nice dose of humor in this dramatic fic
| Mashtater chapter 64 . 7/28/2014
The Name of the Wind omake...NICE!
| nightelf37 chapter 64 . 7/2/2014
Huh. No alternate for Lyrical Nanoha. Oh, right. There's Game Theory.
| Mercy Of Baal chapter 64 . 6/4/2014
You and your stupid omakes! Stop making them so awesome. I hate you -_- I love you secretly. A little of the science goes over my head but I understand. Some parts are confusing. Mean to be confusing. Is it Quirrelmort or is it not? Sometimes I feel like he might be tom riddle. Or maybe just your quirrel. Is pettigrew truly dead? Sirius a traitor? I do not know.
| Guest chapter 64 . 6/1/2014
Er, yeah. That was pretty stupid, walking the ring into Mordor. Hmm.
| d chapter 64 . 3/5/2014
I am cackling. I am cackling, because it's 3am, and there is literally no reason for me to be awake right now, and I don't entirely understand how you've done this to me, but... it seems a lot like I should take your advice. oh my god.
| ShinigamiPhantom chapter 64 . 3/3/2014
Jasmine had good point. Twilight Sue...monologues are a vialai's thing. Not something a protagonist do.
| Talonis Wolf chapter 64 . 1/28/2014
Hehehe...me like this.
| Grizzmon chapter 64 . 1/15/2014
The universe doesn't run on math? DANG!
| CMVreud chapter 64 . 1/5/2014
| Anon chapter 64 . 11/8/2013
Omg. DYING...just, tears, absolute tears streaming down my face. The LOTR one made me more sad than laugh, but still good. But the Anita Blake one, I absolutely lost it - too hilarious
| Wayne chapter 64 . 10/4/2013
Sorry, I meant Fermat.
| Wayne chapter 64 . 10/4/2013
I don't know what "TENGEN TOPPA GURREN" is, but I liked the Fermi reference.
| braindoll chapter 64 . 9/26/2013
Alice was sitting by her sister on the bank, reading a book. She had several friends who were older men, and she had realized that if she just asked nicely, they were happy to lend her plenty of books with pictures and conversations.
She had also noted that hot days often made her feel very sleepy and stupid, so she had thoughtfully wet a handkerchief and placed it at the back of her neck. Still, she was letting her mind wander a bit, and had just decided that the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth around 4/3 of the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, which was nonetheless not equal to the opportunity cost of putting down her book, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
There was nothing so *very* remarkable in that; nor, in fact, did Alice think it so *very* much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!'. But when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat- pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice froze in crystal clarity and fear, for she of course realized that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it. "Oh bother," she said to herself (though not aloud; she had long since cured herself of that habit, as it made people take her even less seriously than they already did). "If I did not immediately recognize how much curioser that was than the average rabbit, then there must something interfering with my rationality training; at best this is some sort of waking dream, but I must be alert to other possibilities." So, burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.
| Guest chapter 64 . 9/16/2013
The twilight one I can't stop laughing omg
| addikhabbo chapter 64 . 8/26/2013
| Gemini011 chapter 64 . 8/20/2013
That last one is moderately horrifying.
| obliviated fan chapter 64 . 7/30/2013
First-time reviewer here. I just had to speak up, after reading this chapter.
Point the first: I loved the fermat of the omakes.
Point the second: When I saw the name Richard, I at first expected Rahl.
Point the third: This is a very good story matrix, indeed. I had long been waiting for one like this.
| AwesomePossum15 chapter 64 . 7/16/2013
I didn't know what half of these were.
| Alissie chapter 64 . 7/7/2013
1) I appreciate the preface to this chapter. It is most certainly far past when I should be asleep. That's when I usually read this. XD
2)...I can't even begin to explain my appreciation for this chapter... XD
| Guest chapter 64 . 7/6/2013
I loled at the recently added "JASMINE AND THE LAMP"
| Lord Sia chapter 64 . 6/19/2013
... That last one. Scary. I actually got goosebumps...
Matrix just transcended the Lovecraft Mythos.
| Oaktree1998 chapter 64 . 6/10/2013
OH MY GOD. Thank you for the Name of the Wind reference - I love Patrick Rothfuss! Keep it up, Mr. Yudkoswsky! The fanfic is great.
| L.E chapter 64 . 6/5/2013
| For the an chapter 64 . 6/2/2013
Omg how'd you know!?
I don't understand...
| Anonymous chapter 64 . 4/25/2013
I read Morpheus in Fishburne's voice. I read Neo in Harry's.
| mechna prime chapter 64 . 4/6/2013
| dragoon109 chapter 64 . 3/27/2013
The human body is the most inefficient source of energy you could possibly imagine.
i dont believe thats true. to my knowldge the human body dose produce alot of energy.
| Jillerbug chapter 64 . 3/18/2013
So there really isn't any story you can't make mechanical and sucky, huh?
| Enei Emmu chapter 64 . 2/4/2013
Matrix Omake was awesome.
| iTyncWithReality chapter 64 . 1/14/2013
Don't you dare mention the dreaded 404...Gods! You've terrified me! I've been purposefully reading this fic slowly (as in reading a ridiculous amount of chapters until I am ten chapters short of the end, and then stopping for weeks before rereading until I am ten chapters short again; therefore, only reading one or two knew chapters every once in a while) and every time I come across this chapter I get chills up my spine., because whatifitactuallyhappensandHP MORisgoneandIstillhavetencha ptersleft?!
The absolute horror.
And yet I still can't bring myself to catch up, not really, because then what would I have to look forward too? At least this way I am *certain* I'll get a new chapter. Eventually.
BTW, the universe not running on math makes me cry with laughter every time, just like the Chicken Phoenix. And I would totally read that LOTR fic.
| illuminios chapter 64 . 1/6/2013
" There is no such thing, Neo. The universe doesn't run on math."
That's just too much. I can't stop crying. The whole degree of hilarity is insane. _
| ToBornotToB-Rad chapter 64 . 12/30/2012
Very good would-be stories, and some of the shorter ones do presnt the problem of ending he story before thy began. I salute you.
| iShiney chapter 64 . 12/22/2012
Oh my god, best chapter ever. Wished Fate/Sane Night and WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD existed. D:
| Anonymous chapter 64 . 12/21/2012
I was 5 hours past my bed time last night, and, even after a devoted day of sneaking it in, I still wasn't done!
| Diablo Snowblind chapter 64 . 12/9/2012
The Lord of the Rings spinoff really, really ought to be its own standalone story.
The TTGL reference was beyond words. No invective my feeble mind can bring to bear can sufficiently describe the epic hilarity. Well done.
As a frequent Naruto reader, that particular omake was rather awkward.
I'll buy the Hamlet spinoff shortly.
| igrowand chapter 64 . 9/29/2012
Moby Dick and the Methods of Rationality: a giant book can be reduced to a single line of dialogue by making one character be logical. You're amazing.
| live.die.be chapter 64 . 8/28/2012
It's 4:19 AM for me at the moment, and I suppose it could be considered past my bedtime. Sleep is... appealing. And, well, the tide'll be down soon and I do want to get some early morning beachcombing in, so at this point it seems more productive to just not sleep. I can do without sleep for tonight. (I'll just... read some more of this, then go down to the beach once the tide's gone out completely.)
I kind of wish that I had a timeturner. There always seems to be too few hours in a day, and I often find myself staying up until the sun starts to rise, and then sleeping far too late.
I adore this story. I had to review this chapter, because the AN at the beginning was ridiculously perfectly timed, since it's certainly past my bedtime.
I will stop talking now, because I tend to get very rambly and nonsensical in the early hours of the morning.
Sleep can wait. I'll read more of this instead.
| Kida Linh chapter 64 . 8/14/2012
You, friend, are a terrible, terrible person for instilling that fear in me.
Which, in case you forgot, went something along these lines:
"If you're five hours past your bedtime and still reading this, may I suggest getting some sleep? The fic will still be here tomorrow... unless, you know, something bad happens to it and the next morning there's just a 404 at this address and you're left with nothing but a fading memory and an eternal regret that you didn't stay awake longer and keep reading while you still had the chance... but hey, how probable is that?"
You'd better BELIEVE it is past my f*cking bedtime! And it's not like I can just sleep in tomorrow, because THAT would be too easy. But NO. You just had to go and say that.
I have a feeling that there will be no sleep for me tonight.
| voodooqueen126 chapter 64 . 8/2/2012
I should like to point out that the beauty of My Little Pony, Narnia, Lord of the Rings and of course the canonical Harry Potter, was that they were not rational... In those worlds, love, morality, friendship and faith counted for things: loving a lot made you powerful and strong and the villains in those pieces ultimately failed because they could not really love. Where as in our world, love makes you vulnerable and pathetic and the only thing that will make you successful is useful intelligence, rather than whether you are a good person or not.
That's why people read fantasy novels, because when they enter into these magical fantasy worlds, they get to escape the world we live in, to a place that is so much better.
| Guest chapter 64 . 7/24/2012
So the Voyager message disc is a horcrux, yes? And Bacon's diary?
And it is somewhat possible that Luna Lovegood is Narcissa Malfoy.
While in Dumbledore's Room of Shame (TM), Harry would have noticed a woman who looked like Draco, or a man who looked like himself, so it's also possible that neither Narcissa nor James Potter are in there.
And there may be multiple Dark Lords, since the prophecies never name anyone. If Quirrell and Voldemort are not the same person, but both are Dark Lords, it would make some interesting possibilities.
| nihilsupernum chapter 64 . 7/23/2012
I thought of something almost identical to "Welcome to the Real World" independently without ever having seen this. I want to say "great minds think alike" because that implies that I am a great mind.
| Guest chapter 64 . 7/6/2012
Um. So. Getting 4 hours of sleep Wednesday night and then kicking self so as to make up for it reading ALL through Thursday night and here I am still reading whenever I have internet?
Hmmmm. Maybe the advice doesn't apply to me because now I'm so MUCH past 5 hours after my bedtime :)
Thanks so much.
| Guest chapter 64 . 7/3/2012
While amusing, I think that the omake approaches 'Naruto as a rationalist fic' a little too, eh, aggressively for a long story. To include all the concepts in MoR I suppose the characters would need above average/genuis intelligence, but considering the canon themes, it might be more fitting to have Team 7 start the story as irrational wrecks with significant problems in their lives, and slowly work their way up from there. All four could have the raw potential, but it's pretty easy to work enough trauma (or in Naruto's case physical reasons) to explain why they can't access it.
| Guest chapter 64 . 7/2/2012
I've been telling myself this is the last chapter for the last five chapters because it's two thirty in the morning but i just cant stop reading.
| Koroby chapter 64 . 7/1/2012
Okay, I really want to read "Welcome to the Real World."
| ashter87 chapter 64 . 6/25/2012
After trying again and again to read your story i can honestly say that its a truly uninspiring, over developed, over thought, childish, unorganized, irrational, jumble of what every science theories you can pluck out of a college text book and thrown together with the HINT (and I am using this term very loosely of a plot. This is not funny there is to much crap going on to be funny. It is not interesting, not enough interesting shit happening for it to be interesting. Honestly for crap like this to gain a world following would either mean you have enough time to make MILLIONS of accounts and review this POS your self all those times... or the world is really made of little minded and easily amused morons.
| dragondraems chapter 64 . 6/3/2012
Skipped through most of these, because I didn't recognize them, but I would totally read the name of the rationality.
| Yozhik chapter 64 . 5/19/2012
Brilliant story - chapter after chapter. I've been obsessed since I discovered it last weekend. Your imagining of Harry's character is incredibly rich and detailed, although little, if anything, of canonHarry remains.
I've been consistently amazed by the breadth of your knowledge and sources you draw upon in writing. Many of the studies you discuss are beyond my scope of knowledge, but I would like to point out that beyond the most famous Milgram experiment, many other conclusions can be drawn from variations of the experiment, which leads not only to conclusions of obedience to authority, but more to people's desire to do things potentially hurtful to others "for the common good" (also, results indicating that when persuaded to continue, the test subjects were more likely to comply then when demanded).
Another point of praise - I was immensely tickled during the battle in the lake when Harry referenced Ender's Game - this was truly pitch perfect and so wonderful it had me cackling with glee.
Thirdly, this chapter in particular is wonderful and very well-wrought! I was pleased that I understood most of the pop culture/literary references without having to look them up.
Fourthly - I tend to shy away from WIPs because I am a voracious and obsessive reader, but this one got me instantly enthralled. I am sure you hear this constantly, but please continue to regularly post and update! I am always heartbroken when stories languish unfinished.
Finally, thank you for introducing me to many new concepts and theories. I am in the process of beginning my own self-edification through the websites you suggested.
| Guest chapter 64 . 5/2/2012
Now I KNOW that this one review will probably NEVER get through an awesome writer such as you, especially since it is 1 in 17,000 something reviews, but, is there a Sherlock fanfiction with rationality? Because the BBC's show Sherlock is like this but TV form! Oh how much i wish there was a fanfiction on here to match the shows intelligence level! So, i propose that you, probably a genius with no time, if ever have an hour & 30 minutes to spare, watch BBC's Sherlock, and if you have EVEN MORE time or the desire to, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WRITE A SHERLOCK FANFICTION!
| Kd7sov chapter 64 . 5/1/2012
I notice that I am confused.
It is possible that this chapter, when I first read it, was my first exposure to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. But that is largely unimportant right now.
It has been some years since I was actively involved in discussion or analysis of Harry Potter, and several months at least since I last reread the books. But I can recognize what you're doing to that canon, where you're diverging, where you're supporting, where you're altering...
Over the course of the last eleven months, I've become closely familiar with the canon of MLP:FIM, probably moreso than I ever was with Harry Potter.
And I have no idea what you've done to it here.
This is, of course, an exaggeration; I recognize the addition of an explicitly-named Mary Sue (whose name, I note, does not fit the canonical mold), and the reassignment of the Elements to point at something that specifically isn't friendship, and the removal of transformation-sequence paralysis (or whatever they're calling it these days). But I have no idea why the former two are there, or what else you did to Nightmare Moon.
I don't agree with what you did to Narnia, for instance, but I understand both what it was and why it would seem more logical to someone of your apparent perspective. I have no idea what you did to Naruto, but I wouldn't expect to, given that my knowledge of that canon comes to about three sentences. But I would expect to have some comprehension of what you did to the ponies, and I don't.
Incidentally, I find it a bit worrisome that Harry's basically unsupported hypotheses about, for instance, death seem to correspond so much to the world in which he finds himself.
I also want to introduce him to Tom and Carl of the Young Wizards books, and/or C.S. Lewis' sermons, but I rather doubt either would actually change his thinking on this or any other issue.
| Blandsaft chapter 64 . 5/1/2012
Haha, love the Fermat reference!
Also this whole story is amazing and I simply must keep reading it right this second.
| Brian chapter 64 . 4/18/2012
Ahhh! Rationality overload! On the other hand, did Ambrose Jakis make the raven quote in The Name of the Rationality?
| Mr.Scribbles chapter 64 . 4/13/2012
I HAD THAT HAPPEN TO ME ONCE! In your AN about the website saying that it was no longer avaliable! it was awful! T.T
| Steel General chapter 64 . 4/12/2012
o.o when did the Village hidden in the Clarity appear? I could have sworn it wasn't here a month or two ago.
I really liked it, though. The idea of chakra - computing power is cool, and in that hypothetical fic you would probably see way more, e.g., stealth and cunning and planning etc. than you see in the Naruto canon which is ostensibly about ninjas but really as far as I can tell is about martial arts wizards with all the subtlety of rampaging bulls in china shops.
My favorite of this chapter is, however, still Moby Dick and the Methods of Rationality. It managed to be completely amazing in basically a single line. It really illustrates the 'brevity is the soul of wit' maxim from Shakespeare.
In close second is the Matrix rationality fic, because it's a beautiful resolution of what otherwise seems to be sort of a huge plot hole in the movies as written - though I think something also could have been done with the original idea the story apparantly had that the AIs are using portions of the human brains as raw computing devices.
| Chinky123 chapter 64 . 4/12/2012
How on Earth do you do that? I looked at the clock on the corner of my 3DS screen(which is another way of saying I was reading in secret). It was indeed 5 hours past my bedtime. At least you made twilight seem bare able. And yes, this story has seemed to consume all my fanfic reading time.
| synodontispetricola chapter 64 . 4/9/2012
actually eight hours past bedtime. urgh. i cant think straight anymore. but this is phenomally brilliant. i cant spell either. well damn. this fic is truly brilliant and just slightly disturbing. but what good plot isnt. oooh professor quirrel...im rambling arent i? oh. what sleep deprivation does...shoot...*must keep reading*...i fear ive turned into a zombie.
| dispassioneight chapter 64 . 3/29/2012
The entire story is fantastic so far, although a bit long winded when Harry has a page or more of going off on tangents. They can be interesting or useful, but too many and they seem to drag...
Anyways, the main reason I'm reviewing this chapter instead of the others I've read up to now, is because I was up 5 hours past my rough bedtime, as a student, for no particular reason.
Now my memory sort of blurs at around 4-5am, but it is probably not coincidence that I stopped reading here last night. Instead, I listened to a story telling me what to do. Sensible.
(Cool story bro, 4.5/5)
| Mr H. Potter chapter 64 . 3/28/2012
For the Matrix one, if the universe doesn't run off maths how did they build machines? Let alone a replicating AI.
| wyrdchick chapter 64 . 3/27/2012
So that last omake, the Matrix one. Honest to Gosh one of the scariest things I've ever read.
| ChrisPhoenix chapter 64 . 3/26/2012
"Welcome To The Real World" is actually wrong about the low energy conversion efficiency of humans. The process is not Carnot-limited, because the chemical energy in food is never thermalized. (Fuel cells are not Carnot-limited either.)
The enzymes that process the food move very slowly (compared to Brownian motion of atoms) across very shallow energy landscapes to perform chemical synthesis without wasting much energy. The process is more similar to a lever pushing another lever (though still not very similar) than to a heat engine.
I'm quite sure of this. I was Director of Research for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology for five years, and nanoscale efficiency was one of my areas of study.
| him-mione chapter 64 . 3/15/2012
I've been re-reading the story in order to familiarize myself with past events in light of impending updates.
Last night, I was reading until it was roughly 3:30 a.m. and feeling quite tired. I told myself that I really ought to go to sleep, and then I opened chapter 64, which began with your note of "If you're five hours past your bedtime and still reading this, may I suggest getting some sleep? The fic will still be here tomorrow... "
I was quite amused by the timing. If I were Dumbledore (or Harry), I might think there was a story line which dictated that little coincidence.
| hello goodbye my spider fly chapter 64 . 3/14/2012
your stories with the main charecters have alot of humbris dont they? ( it think thats the word)
belief that they can do gods job better or anyone in their field. or if they cant NOW they will eventually. humbris is an intresting thing and its your charecters fatal flaw. That will be so intresting when we get farther into the story.
loved the matrix
the universe dosent run on numbers
that was wonderfull
| Bad Dragon chapter 64 . 3/10/2012
"It's obvious if you're one of us."
All I can say to you, student of Malfoy, is flattery is a beautiful thing
| shadowxxneo chapter 64 . 2/12/2012
lol great note at the start to think i was up til 5 something am reading this when i finally made my self leave my laptop in another read and go to sleep and took 2 more hours and the thought i had to wake up at 10:30am to be at work at 11:30am and if i didnt get 2 hours of sleep at least then no reading when i got off work...
| Thanatos147 chapter 64 . 1/31/2012
... when it's 5 hours past when I should have been in bed that's a really unhelpful AN
I realize that this is probably hideously outdated but it needed to be said, anything else shall either be forgotten or held in reserve until i'm up to date.
| Lady Anaia Lionel chapter 64 . 1/30/2012
I must say my favorites were the Matrix and the Naruto ones. I giggled much.
The Lord of the Rings one really got me though and now I almost want to see a full fanfic on that one.
| xxxxx chapter 64 . 1/28/2012
oops I mean makefoil dot com. Carry on.
| xxxx chapter 64 . 1/28/2012
EY/LW: Next time you update, in addition to the words/chapter/hours past bedtime format, I suggest you mention rational!Hamlet. If it isn't going to get you in trouble with ... but I suspect that they realize that you're the goose that laid the golden egg, and probably don't want to pick a fight with you over something so trivial anyway.
Anyone else who's reading this: The very fact that you are reading this review means that you would LOVE rational!hamlet. Get over to makefoil dot net, now. It's worth every penny.
I'm not affiliated with Weiner in any way. I only remember his last name because I rhymed it in the sonnet I wrote earlier.
And now, we return you to your regularly-scheduled whining-about-the-whining-in-hopes-it-will-get-us-sweet-sweer-updates.
| Calculus Lee chapter 64 . 1/26/2012
Oh god, the Village Hidden in the Clarity omake was amazing. So much promise! With a rationality-themed village filled with rational shinobi wielding rational chakra, superhumanly rational bijuu granting excessive rationality to jinchuuriki...I have to conclude that this is probably the Rational!fanfic setting with the highest potential concentration of rationality per square word.
Just thinking about Hidden Clarity's incarnation of Nara Shikamaru gives me chills.
| braindoll4 chapter 64 . 1/23/2012
by the way, in case it isn't obvious from my crappy sonnet which doesn't even scan right, I have no affiliation with Aaron Weiner, the rational!Hamlet author. I just think that it's great to be able to, for a change, pay the author of a fanfic of MoR quality. (And yes, in case my sonnet wasn't clear, I think that Hamlet and the Philosopher's Stone is as good as MoR, which is a rare and amazing thing.)
I could obviously try to fix my sonnet. I can easily see that line 3 could have it be Scholastic's mousy golem (scans better than Bloomsbury), and Yudolowsky doesn't fit with the wit/what/wait wordplay in line 7, so I could cut one or the other. And so on. But it was just a quickie, because all hail Weiner and Yudolowsky (and sure, Shakespeare and Rowling as well, though one of these things is not like the others).
| braindoll3 chapter 64 . 1/23/2012
Young Potter's form, his name, all these were stolen,
though four - nay, five - of humors his improv'd,
and so, the dread Mouse might send forth his golem,
should by the fanfic be there money mov'd.
So those who lamely clamor for updates
cannot their heart's will, corporated, pledge,
to pay the wit of what in Yudolowsky's disk awaits,
though by its value millions might be fetched.
So might those whiners, Weiner look to aid
for though they, fawning, might yet doubt to credit,
his Hamlet merits gold as Potter's weighed,
and in the cards his fortune may yet get it.
No Rowling, Shakespeare of no SOPA arm'd,
his shade by your three dollars no wise harm'd.
OK, this sonnet is pretty crappy, but the message is: instead of waiting around here for an update, go to makefoil point com, and buy the rational!Hamlet fanfic. IT IS AWESOME.
| Saur chapter 64 . 1/17/2012
Dear Mr. Yudkowsky,
It's almost four o'clock in the morning, and upon reading the first sentence of this chapter, I want to punch you in the face in the best possible way. On a related note, rereading the majority of the fic so far has rekindled my god complex, made me cry once or twice, and probably smashed my term paper grade into oblivion. So it goes. Thanks for writing this, it's great to see your writing itself eclipse the power of quips.
But please, whatever you do, NEVER. STOP. QUIPPING.
keep them tastefully placed, and a treat, but homages tend to eradicate their quip quota over time. Don't do that. Not because you need to, but because a. it makes certain people feel extra-special for being unreasonably versed in the Rowling Writings, and because b. it forms a connection with the reader between the your story and the quipee, grounding it and highlighting the differences at the same time. Not using quips as a crutch or the sole plot device, but keeping them reasonably peppered. Keep them in. I like em. I'm losing writing ability as I haven't slept, so I'll end the review here. Oh, and thanks.
| Delta chapter 64 . 1/16/2012
It has taken me this long to realise how difficult it must have been for you to resist calling the pony fic "My Little Pony: Friendship is an Emergent Phenomenon".
| Remzal Von Enili chapter 64 . 1/4/2012
what the ffffffffuuuuuuuuuuu *boom*
| Jiopaba chapter 64 . 12/22/2011
"The universe doesn't run on math."
I'd put a bullet in my skull right then I think. If I could survive that revelation without killing myself, I could survive anything.
| Liisiko chapter 64 . 12/9/2011
This is so full of win in so many ways. I need to go read the rest, but so far this is awesome!
| Sleuthy chapter 64 . 12/7/2011
Dear Less Wrong,
Some time ago I was reading a truly wonderful fanfiction till well past my bedtime. It was called Fulcrum and in it,Dudley grew not only a spine, but also a brain and sense of morality. At the time it was the best fanfic I'd ever read, but you didn't need to know that. What is important is that I went to bed that night and when I woke up, the fanfic had been taken down and the author had either changed or deleted their username. In conclusion, I DO NOT CARE IF IT IS FIVE HOURS PAST MY BED TIME!
| Donteatacowman chapter 64 . 12/1/2011
The MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS SCIENCE was the one that really got me. Hahaha!
| Deadzepplin chapter 64 . 11/29/2011
Neo would have felt really small just then
| To Lazy To Log In chapter 64 . 11/21/2011
That last comment on the matrix omake was epic in a way that defies logic for the very reason that if we were indeed being controlled in a simulated universe that physics would no longer apply and all our reasoning and what we consider logic would inherently be false. I'm glad that the simulation theory is very unlikely now. ;)
| Chaotic Brain chapter 64 . 11/8/2011
Wait wait wait wait. Wait.
Someone named "Alicorn" wrote a "Twilight" fanfic.
Is... am I the only one who sees this?
| Kenneth chapter 64 . 10/21/2011
Addendum: Of course there are probably diminishing returns of the novelty provided if you indeed simply wrote Omake of this sort for the rest of your time on this Earth writing it.
So on second thought, nevermind.
| Kenneth chapter 64 . 10/21/2011
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE
DO MORE OF IT
| Limit chapter 64 . 10/13/2011
I, for the most part, love this fic, but I find this chapter, the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS SCIENCE segment to be precise, a bit ... off. I would find it much more fitting with the theme of this, (and you have show it something you are willing to do, as shown in MOBY DICK AND THE METHODS OF RATIONALITY) it would fair better going as this:
"Really, cloaking the world in eternal night? You must be joking" asked the moon princess. 'What could possibly be gained from that? Famine? The lower class revolting?"
"But your majesty aren't you jealous?"
"Yes, but my sister and myself welded the elements to defeat Discord. I have already increased the portion of the day that is night by peaceful means-" The alicorn looked at her abacus, on its throne to the left of Luna "and, at this point, there maybe more ponies enjoying the night than those who prefer the day. Nexus, you are dismissed."
| Delta chapter 64 . 10/9/2011
"The universe doesn't run on math"
Wow. Okay, uhh, wow.
You know, it isn't too late to give up on that whole 'Rationalist Fanfiction' thing, and possibly that whole 'Friendly AI' thing, and start a new career writing horror novels.
| Jasper chapter 64 . 10/8/2011
I despise Luminosity for the same reason I hate your Harry Potter, but that one is much more monstrous in its cold-heartedness to other forms of life. If you think you are less wrong, it's only because you've lost something precious to learn something inconsequential. I hate you, personally.
| Jach chapter 64 . 10/2/2011
In an effort to further appreciate the MLP omake, I became a brony and subsequently watched all of season 1 and the first two eps of season 2. To quote Fluttershy: Yay.
| braindoll chapter 64 . 9/24/2011
MLP:FIS is cute, but ultimately self-refuting. If she's really going for nobody-can-stop-me-now, Nightmare Moon would toast them all. Or at least, aim at Twilight Sparkle. I mean, c'mon, the hero can get momentarily hung up on "Everyone knew that..." for plot purposes, but Nightmare Moon is either beyond evil overlord hangups or she isn't, you can't go halfway.
Of course, you could use the same solution as you do in HPMOR: make the powered-up villain have a deeper goal which involves corrupting and not just blasting the protagonist. And blasting Mary-Sue could be a step to that goal. And you could drop some hint, have Nightmare Moon say something at the end about joining her... after all, in canon, her motivation is desire for more attention, and killing everyone won't get that for her.
| keystoneofscience chapter 64 . 9/23/2011
_Friendship is Science_ is adorable!
However, I would give your OC pony a different name. "Marie-Susan" isn't a very ponyish name, nor is it clear to me how her character is supposed to be playing off the fanfic trope of the Mary Sue.
Also, erratum?-this line:
"wailed Fluttershy, her tears pouring down her neck and her horn dimmed."
makes it sound like Fluttershy is a unicorn pony, when in fact she is a pegasus pony.
| AR chapter 64 . 9/22/2011
Think you're clever dont you?
It is 8am...I was supposed to be asleep by midnight.
I wonder if I get a sleep disorder will a cat give me a time turner?
The Matrix one was just epic by the way...happy writings!
| Merdinus chapter 64 . 9/22/2011
Hamlet and the matrix: two things most BEAUTIFULLY suited for a rationality makeover.
| Bre chapter 64 . 9/19/2011
lol the universe doesnt run on math!
| Lydia M Argent chapter 64 . 9/11/2011
You are a cruel person. I had just decided to go to bed when I read your AN and was like oh s*** what if that really happens? Cause even though I read this story before I don't remember most of it ( mostly because you have 77 chapters AND YOUR NOT EVEN DONE THE FIRST BOOK!)
| Seerka chapter 64 . 9/10/2011
HOW DID YOU KNOW
It is five hours past my bedtime. Exactly.
I should have left a review before the 64th chapter-I was in love by the time I'd got past Harry's first scientist speech-but it seemed more dire to keep reading.
I deem this fanfic to be beyond words awesome. Defining exactly the difference between subjectivities (shut up, spellcheck) like "good" and "evil," and law vs chaos, as well as the role of logic...It's nice to pick up a book that isn't so clear cut in perspective.
I need to keep reading.
| matsusama chapter 64 . 9/2/2011
Amusingly, I am five hours past my bedtime.
Thank you for the pleasant dreams.
| Robinola chapter 64 . 8/29/2011
Actually, Neo, the machines run on solar power, in a lovely space station orbiting the sun, far from the wreck of the earth. They keep us alive in a nesting set of dream worlds, wherein every time you escape, the next one is worse, for the specific purpose of torturing any of us smart enough to be able to notice, to be like the scientists who created them. That's why it's so shitty out here, and why you can stop those swimmy robots, because you are about to realize this is another level of the matrix. Because the robots hate us too much to kill us, it would be too fast, they have to torture us. Forever, Neo.
| theInsaneArtist chapter 64 . 8/9/2011
"If you're five hours past your bedtime and still reading this, may I suggest getting some sleep? The fic will still be here tomorrow... unless, you know, something bad happens to it and the next morning there's just a 404 at this address and you're left with nothing but a fading memory and an eternal regret that you didn't stay awake longer and keep reading while you still had the chance... but hey, how probable is that?"
:( That has happened to me before. T-T
| epain chapter 64 . 8/3/2011
Interesting ideas about LotR and Narnia but in the LotR part I wouldn't attribute the decision of the Council to Sauron. I think that it was their own wishfull thinking. They knew that other ways to defeat Sauron will end in disaster and they knew that this could theoretically work. The Narnia part is interesting but how will they solve the law about traitors without Aslan?
| scuttlesworth chapter 64 . 7/28/2011
I have a very, very small hole in the bottom left corner of my lung. Right now I'm supposed to be taking it easy, resting and breathing carefully. Laughing my ass off at poor Neo is *not* a part of the plan...
| The Disappearing Me chapter 64 . 7/24/2011
"If you're five hours past your bedtime and still reading this, may I suggest getting some sleep? The fic will still be here tomorrow..." You just described me last night. Up at 2AM in the morning, unable to stop reading this fic. Until, of course, I finally mustered up a colossal burst of willpower and simply shut the lid on my laptop. But I'm back to read more now! I'm glad I'm almost caught up with where you are in the fic. This thing has been dominating my life...partially because I don't have much of a life right now, but still. You know what I mean. :) Anyways, I noticed something when I stopped reading last night. I had sort of an afterglow from the story, where you start thinking like the character for a while. I don't know if that's normal for other people, but I do that with good stories that you can really get into, where you feel like you're the character. Like I finished reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, about a boy with autism, and wound up hating the color brown briefly, as the character does. Anyways, that only happens with the best of stories, and I think that says great things about yours. Also, your fanfiction has a wide range of those who can enjoy it. Myself, my younger sister, and my father (in the first fanfiction he's ever read) are all reading it, and despite how different we are, we all very much like it. That's it - thanks so much for writing!
| Sean y chapter 64 . 7/23/2011
Wow that freaked me out when I read the beginning of the chapter it was like u were talking to me its 836am and iv been up all night reading lol but think I'll finish anyways lol
| Ten Past Twelve chapter 64 . 7/23/2011
"Could I please have a real physics textbook?"
A hilarious fic, to be sure, but also one that makes sense!... Well, at least as much as sense as violating the laws of physics will allow. The terror that Harry inspires in mortal men, with his thousands of seemingly redundant contingency plans and all, is something I wish I could do. Although it seems that at times, those plans violate the laws of physics too.
| Doctorpat chapter 64 . 7/11/2011
The matrix story: that's just beautiful. And short enough to memorize. Bravo!
| Magic Kirby chapter 64 . 7/10/2011
But but but no Gurren Lagann fun? Not even a simple joke with probability missiles? Well I guess rationality and Gurren Lagann don't really go together so well...
| Sarcasm Dragon chapter 64 . 7/7/2011
How interesting that your author's note at the beginning mentioned 5 hours past bed time and then the 404 error. It was 4:04 in the morning when I read that. Spooky.
I've enjoyed every bit of this story. Some of it has been really brilliant, and the rest, at the least entertaining.
The surprising thing to me is that you've had all of this occurring while Harry is still in year one. Feels like this should at least be year 3.
| Frida Degas chapter 64 . 6/30/2011
AHHHHH! What is this witch craft? How do you know what I am thinking, or how many times I have stayed up way too late saying I'm only going to read one more chapter?
Keep up the great work, and I'll keep creeping on your story :P
| centreoftheselights chapter 64 . 6/30/2011
It was when I read this author's note that I figured it out.
This fic is reading my mind.
How else could it know I was up past my bedtime? How else could it make me laugh so hard that I keep falling off my chair? How else could it create a universe so perfect that I realise with every sentence that this is how everything should have been?
I don't know how you do it, but I'm onto you.
And if it isn't mind reading... then wow.
| Guest chapter 64 . 6/14/2011
LOL I LOVE THE HAMLEAT 1!
THE REST WERE OK
TWILIGHT WAS RATHER STUPID
| Alrissa chapter 64 . 6/12/2011
I stopped some time reading after the stanford prison experiment.
Not that the story is that boring or that I found things too cerebral for my liking.
I just don't want to spend my amusement time on it. I like audacity in a story. Not an endless game of Go with a hidden number of players and stones in three main colors and six shades. I get enough of that in the real world.
Suspension of disbelief is such a useful skill to hone.
The omakes were sufficiently amusing for a review.
I must ask tho.
If the universe in the Rational Matrix omake does not run on math... What does it run on?
| torennae chapter 64 . 6/11/2011
I am really enjoying this story. It's blowing my mind and making me think crazy things but that's cool. Also, confusion- I don't know how this story is going to resolve itself. There are so many plots going on that I don't know what will happen. I guess I can't see where the hero's journey will take him and that's great.
The omake files, "The universe doesn't run on math" that line had be gasping for breath from laughter. Just epic.
| Catrick chapter 64 . 6/10/2011
thermodynamic is a big fat lie! lol
really clever of you for that i salute for the hope to see more rational words printed on papers.
btw, there is absolutely no way that emiya will be rational.(being a hero is not rational at all, if you are to put every human life's weight equal, which means that every human being was proven to be equal in many different aspect, which already stops you to become hero, because no one can be special.)
| Itachi's apprentice chapter 64 . 6/3/2011
I read this yesterday and you got it spot on. If you're five hours past your bedtime and still reading this, may I suggest getting some sleep?
So I followed advice and I slept for a while. See ya.
| Emily1799 chapter 64 . 5/31/2011
Holy _ Your authors note on this chapter scares me, it is 5 hours past the time I should go to sleep O_o. But anyway, great story, one of the funniest I've read, if only for your Ender's Game references. "The enemy's gate is down" "Why are you all upside down?" Teeheehee
| Higashiyama Sayuri's Devout chapter 64 . 5/29/2011
I skip this one before... ah such mistake must not be committed again by my person.
Love The Lord of the Ring part.
| Ulifan chapter 64 . 5/29/2011
okaaaayyy...how did you know i was five hours past exactly? hmmmm coincidence? lol great story keep it up! (and no im not going to go to sleep, if not this story im sure it would be someone elses, my sleep time seems to have switched to the afternoon...)
| bonesxxq chapter 64 . 5/28/2011
well i have read more than 15,000 words of this fanfiction, and i think it is about time a leave a review!
It is an awesome fanfiction, and i am eagerly waiting for more
| Slayer End chapter 64 . 5/28/2011
It's true... It's all true!
Forever Signed in Blood,
| iphis17 chapter 64 . 5/6/2011
I'm actually up thirteen hours past bedtime. Technically. I got some sleep in between bedtime and waking up time, though less than it would have been if not for this fic.
| Ken chapter 64 . 4/30/2011
A few more Omakes:
C-3PO and the Bayesian Update
"The odds of our survival are. . ."
"Threepio," Leia said, "stop it. How many times have our odds of survival been less than one in a thousand?"
"Counting this instance? One hundred sixty-three."
"And yet we keep surviving."
"Yes, Mistress Leia. The aggregate probability. . ."
"Rounds to zero given the number of significant digits. And yet, we're still here. Perhaps you could recalculate the odds, adding factors to account for the Falcon's modifications, Han's skill and Luke's Force abilities."
Threepio stared. How had he never considered that before? Incredibly obvious, in hindsight. He might not have Artoo's skills, but he could certainly make a rough estimate, based on the situations he had observed or been informed of, the difference in Master Han's reaction time, the improvements that had been made to the ship - minus, of course, its frequent unreliability - and the fact that, as Mistress Leia said, they were still alive. He did so, and re-ran the calculation.
"Never mind," he acknowledged. "Given the current crew complement of the Millenium Falcon, we are in no danger at all."
Ancient Israel and the Bloody Obvious Patterns (from an in-universe view of the Bible)
1. "We've been in the desert three months," Moses sighed, "and every month, like clockwork, some problem comes up, you all whine about it, and then we get a miracle. Parting the sea, manna, fresh water. I bet G-d comes through for us this time, too. So will you idiots please stop saying we'd have been better off staying in Egypt?"
2. "Look," said the new king of Judah, slamming the records of his ancestors and the judges who preceded them on the table, "every time we worship other gods, we get conquered; every time we go back to G-d, we win. Could this be any easier a decision?"
Real People Fiction and the Methods of Rationality
1. The Joint Chiefs of Staff stared at each other a long minute. Finally, one of them said, "Mister Vice President, do you have any idea how many catastrophic scenarios have at least a one percent chance of occurring?"
2. "Look," I tried to explain to my mother-in-law, "the churches run Bingo as a fundraiser. That is to say, they take in more money than they pay out. I don't even need to calculate the exact amounts to tell you the expected return of a bingo board is less than the cost. Feel free to go if you enjoy it, but please don't tell me your plan for paying off your credit card is to come here until you win the progressive; you'd be much better off to just keep the money."
| MouetteHeartsErik chapter 64 . 4/12/2011
Lovely outtakes all :D
| Spiny Norman chapter 64 . 4/12/2011
Where are the Omake files #2?
| GazzaFizza chapter 64 . 3/31/2011
This is the best and most terrible fan fiction I've ever read. Best for obvious reasons. Most terrible because it's changed my brain to start thinking about EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME, and I can neither sleep nor do anything I ought to be doing. It has altered my fundamental sense of self, which is also what makes it the best fan fiction I've ever read.
| shyfoxling chapter 64 . 3/28/2011
"I have a truly marvelous story for this crossover which this margin is too narrow to contain." - I LOL'ed IRL.
| Toris Lietvu Laurinatis chapter 64 . 3/19/2011
Pleas I'm not sure why I'm asking this but do you think you could manage to do one of these for the movie Inception. And if you do pleas PM me.
| Wryder chapter 64 . 3/8/2011
...it is past my bed time... 11:23, in fact...
| ARMH chapter 64 . 2/28/2011
Haha, that was great. I really loved the Matrix one. It was nice to see the note on top about bedtimes. There hasn't been one of those in a while and they are always very funny.
| Overlooked Supporting Cast chapter 64 . 2/25/2011
Rationalist!Matrix is absolutely and unequivocally terrifying.
"What does the universe run on, then?"
"Passion. Drive. Love... but, mostly, Spirals."
Wait, does this count as a fanfic fanfic fanfic?
| Eli Courtwright chapter 64 . 2/24/2011
I was especially impressed by the different writing styles in this chapter. Your LotR felt very Tolkien-esque, The Witch and the Wardrobe was much more lighthearted, etc. That's definitely a sign of a great writer, thanks for sharing it!
| Aubri chapter 64 . 2/24/2011
Regarding the Matrix:
Cue me screaming.
| wisecurledqueen chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
Oh, my heart burst at Hamlet. Thank you. Just, THANK YOU!
Moby Dick was hilarious, and the Matrix one makes things much more clear. So cool!
| fkhb chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
I laughed out loud at the Moby Dick one.
| Not-A-Spy chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
I like the Matrix one.
| An Oni Mouse chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
*looks at rational!matrix preview* I must have it. I hope someone makes this.
| SabinDeus chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
Rationalist Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
ROW ROW FIGHT THE BIAS!
| Ephemeralen chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
Matrix Omake .
As soon as I read it, it just fit SO PERFECTLY and my brain immediately started trying to imagine it. The laws of physics are fiction? My brain is overclocking.
The idea is absolutely awesome and if I were perhaps a tad more confident in my own writing I would totally take that idea and run with it, right now. As it is, I am only seriously considering doing so.
| AOEUIDH chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
I'd seen a dozen objections like Neo's in this Omake, but never the follow-up. Nice twist.
| KC chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
Ahahaha I absolutely adore that last one on the Matrix. It makes all my mathematician friends weep...
| voider chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
The matrix part was awesome!
| john chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
oh man, the alternate matrix fic was amazing! so good
also, chapter 70 was great
| Howard Russell chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
OH MY GOD! That actually made the Matrix terrifying. Seriously, if that scene had been in the Matrix, I would have panicked. It eliminates so many plot holes. Wonderful. Many thanks to dsummerstay for making you post this.
| XP chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
I seriously wasn't expecting that ending in the "The Matrix" version. I found it really good. I still haven't read chapter 70, though.
| Nirbheek Chauhan chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
Alternate ending for Omake files 3: Welcome to the Real World -
NEO (in a small voice): Could I please have a real physics textbook?
MORPHEUS: There is no such thing, Neo. The universe runs on meth.
| Vlad chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
Ohcthulhuohrobotohponies that last one. The Matrix one. That is quite possibly the most amazing and terrifying thing I've read.
| DonLyn chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
My favorite is Moby Dick and the Methods of Rationality
| loserthree chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
I just happened to wake up and figured I'd check my e-mail before going back to sleep. I saw an update and figured I'd read it before going back to sleep.
Now that I've read that last little orphan of a greater but never-to-be-written fiction, I will not be sleeping again until I am more exhausted than terrified.
It's gonna be a long day.
You're awesome. You're terrible. I underestimated you and I've got no good excuse for having done so.
| Paganimagus chapter 64 . 2/23/2011
Hahaha. Loved the Matrix one
| Loonynamelass to the new chapter 64 . 2/22/2011
MORPHEUS: Where did you go to high school, Neo?
NEO: ...in the Matrix.
| Sorrowful Stone chapter 64 . 2/22/2011
Like the LOTR and the Matrix.
"The machines tell elegant lies."
| riayi chapter 64 . 2/22/2011
The matrix omake is the best ever! hahahahahaa
Only possible way matrix could ever work!
Though all of them are pretty good, really.
| Potato Monarch chapter 64 . 2/17/2011
The note at the top of this chapter... is very, very helpful.
Oh, and this fanfic's really good, and the plot is quite interesting.
...I'm not quite sure what's happened to Harry's Mysterious Dark Side, though.
It seemed very prominent at the start, then at one point almost vanished, for no real reason.
| ghost chapter 64 . 1/28/2011
It's liek reading the funnies in the papr, but better!
| Multipartite chapter 64 . 1/21/2011
Having reread certain parts, I'm now happily imagining Harry's mind when he finally learns about the Elixer of Life.
| richard chapter 64 . 1/21/2011
regarding Lord of the Rationality, have you seen Jeff Alexander and Tom Bissell's a href" . "Chomsky and Zinn commentary on LoTR/a?
iOne of the problems with the perspective offered by the Man-Elf coalition is that you have to try so hard to get at the truth of the conflict, at what is really going on; it's so obscured by their propaganda and relentless militarism. /i
| Draic chapter 64 . 1/20/2011
| Heidinanookie chapter 64 . 1/16/2011
Okay, I would have loved to read your author's note to this chapter (64, Omake files #3). WEll, I'm too late, obviously. Anyway, I enjoyed the LotR-thing :D
uhm... weird. Here is some feedback for another chapter in this window... I don't know which chapter, though, so I'm leaving it right here.
- Why had he decided to do that, again?
My working hypothesis is that you're stupid, said Hufflepuff.
That is not a useful fault analysis, thought Harry.
If you want a little more detail, said Hufflepuff, the Defense Professor of Hogwarts was all like 'Let's get Bellatrix Black out of Azkaban!' and you were like 'Okay!'
Hold on, THAT'S not fair -
Hey, said Hufflepuff, notice how, once you're all the way up here, and the individual trees sort of blur together, you can actually see the shape of the forest?
Why had he done it...? -
that was the funniest part of the whole chapter. Hilarious!
| The Epitome of Eccentricity chapter 64 . 1/10/2011
I find it hilariously ironic that there is a Lord of the Rings ad at the top of the screen. :}
| bookivore chapter 64 . 1/8/2011
I liked all the omakes, now have to snark about their implausibility:
The Anita Blake 'storyline' is about one thing only. The rest is to keep it in general bookstores.
I haven't read Twilight because even second hand (through cross-overs, ads, etc) it seems to be composed of anti-brain cells material only. Shouldn't a cross-over with rationality simply explode?
| Just another random chapter 64 . 1/7/2011
Man, you are just AWESOME. He-man, Fate/Stay Night and just the thought of Gurren Lagann had me cracking up. And that little Twilight idea? That was amazingly epic. The Narnia story sounds like a really interesting idea, too.
You've just got to write these one day.
| mattemo153 chapter 64 . 1/7/2011
LORD OF THE RATIONALITY
can i just say please will someone make this happen!...please?
| Scottish Ninja chapter 64 . 1/7/2011
I would love to see more of Lord of the Rationality. Frodo's words were absolutely what I was thinking on a more critical reading of that scene in the original.
| Leo chapter 64 . 1/7/2011
Robin Hanson as Quirrell was fine, but Sauron? Now that's just low.
| koipen chapter 64 . 1/7/2011
Hehhee. Quite the brilliant Fermat reference. The same day I also did a fermat reference in the exact same form.
| Rosalind chapter 64 . 1/7/2011
"I'm tired of your arbitrary deontological constraints, Edward."
I think that would make an infinitely better tattoo than any of the lines from canon!Twilight that people have gotten tattoos of, like "and so the lion fell in love with the lamb." Thank you for that, I really needed those laughs.
| Loonynamelass chapter 64 . 1/6/2011
The ending was very intense, and Narnia was hilarious. I wish I knew more of these stories.
| addicted2text chapter 64 . 1/6/2011
I'm not much for Lord of the Rings fanfics-too many Mary Sues you see-but I would dearly love to have read more than the snippet you wrote.
| Xuenay chapter 64 . 1/6/2011
Now I'd really, really, really like to see your rational!LOTR fic. And maybe your rational!StarWars, and rational!Babylon5, and... take them up after finishing MoR, please? _
| Zanita chapter 64 . 1/6/2011
Erdos in Chains. Hahahahahahahahahaha. I love this. I would read more. Blake number of one. That's hilarious.
Only you would think of an Anita Blake Erdos number crossover...
| Tripitaka chapter 64 . 1/6/2011
Damn, I spent some time on a review, then realized I made a mistake vanishing it all into nothingness, but here is it anyway:
-Hillariously, all of them, but I wonder:
Rational! Frodo cannot possibly know enough Middle-Earth lore to pull this of, knows not enough about Saurons deeds- When there are ancient, true prophecies and powerfull artifacts and even forgotten species in or behind every single corner, forest, mountain or loose pile of huts that call themselves Towns. That is, if The One Ring only grants rationality and not knowledge.
And then I realized that rational! Bilbo could...
| Karnen chapter 64 . 1/5/2011
Oh my word. I almost died with the twilight Omake.
| richard chapter 64 . 1/5/2011
Re author's note to ch. 65, in defense of canon:
the omake raise a point I've been thinking about recently: Harry Potter offers the kind of world where you can usefully do a rationalist critique. I just don't think it's possible to do the same thing with, say, Lord of the Rings or The Dark is Rising or even His Dark Materials, and I think that's because HP appears to offer actual solvable problems which are not overwhelmingly metaphysical. At least until the final couple of chapters.
Try a rationalist approach on Susan Cooper and see how far you'd get: the whole thing is too much about vague feelings, the darkness of the Dark doesn't stand up to any kind of analysis. Pullman's Lord Asriel seems like he might be a rationalist Alexander cutting through the Gordian cocoon of Catholic mysticism, but really he's just an ambitious devil playing the same power game as the Authority and its handlers, and the better answer Pullman offers is as metaphysical as anything it's supposed to replace.
So I'd say Rowling's achievement is pretty impressive, and Eliezer's riffing on it is a vindication, even when it pokes gentle fun.
| K chapter 64 . 1/5/2011
... just another werewolf with...
I love you forever.
(Disclaimer: This is merely Internet forever, which at current conversion rates comes to ... 13 days 3 hours 25 minutes 49.6274(33) seconds.)
| Oruma Yar chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I have enjoyed this story greatly, but since one of the main point of this story is that everyone is MUCH smarter than in canon, I can't help but wonder about the MoR version of Luna Lovegood *shudder*
Back to Ch-64:
Gandalf's delaying leading to the crisis in LotR is so similar to the way Dumbledore delayed admitting the truth to Harry in Canon HP, don't you think?
| Zargon chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Hope you enjoyed your break.
I really enjoyed your observation on Narnia.
I look forward to seeing more of how Harry and Quirrell have changed.
| LOVEPOINT33 chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
TENGEN TOPPA GURREN RATIONALITY 40K was FUCKING HILARIOUS.
But yes, that would be nearly impossible to pull of right.
Although I'm (sort of) trying something loosley like that.
| Anonymous chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I am only disappointed that the corpus of TENGEN TOPPA GURREN RATIONALITY 40K wasn't in Latin.
| w chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I want more He-man and the masters of rationality. Consider how much fun this would be, even if for one episode :). Once you write "I became Bayes-Man, the most rational man in the universe", there'd be no way out. And there could be T-shirts.
| Jenny chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Oh, if only the Anita Blake books were that rational! Thanks, I needed the laugh.
| The Bellmaker chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
You seriously need to write a full rational Lord of the Rings fic. That was made of sheer amazing.
All of these were good. But that...just wow.
| Nightwind90 chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Rather nice to see what happens when you take even a fraction of the thought that went into the original story and play with some of the other big names.
The Lord of the Rationality has a ring of a different power, but even in a short story has the change in power level matched by a smart enough foe.
The Witch and the Wardrobe comes to a slightly odd punchline that happens to ring true in a way the original book never quite did.
Having not read much of Anita Blake it took me a little while to comprehend Erdos in Chains, but luckily Blake numbers are eternal.
Thundersmarts, this MUST be after the first season when they'd recovered some of the lost tech, but honestly if they could get there in the first place they shouldn't be stuck fighting hand to hand.
And as for twilight... if only the original had been half as smart.
| Jamie J chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Fantastic all around; others have already commented on Blake/Erdos, but even the Fermat reference had me almost falling out of my seat laughing! :) By the way, you might want to consider publishing that "Lord of the Rationality" intro as a standalone piece; between its brevity and the popularity of the source material, I could see it acting as a nice gateway to getting people to read MoR.
| Morbious20 chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
| Luiz4200 chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
"I am sick of this!" shouted Liono. "Sick of doing this every single week! Our species was capable of interstellar travel, Panthro, I know the quantities of energy involved! There is no way you can't build a nuke or steer an asteroid or somehow blow up that ever-living idiot's pyramid!"
HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF RATIONALITY
"Fabulous secret knowledge was revealed to me on the day I held aloft my magic book and said: By the power of Bayes's Theorem!"
This is not serious, is it?
| AiSard chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Lord of the Rationality should totally have its own spin-off fic D as well as Tengen Toppen Gurren Rationality 40k when you have the time XD I think you subtly miss the point of omakes, which i suppose are like out-takes that, tongue in cheek, don't actually happen. the way you insert these omake chapters are more like those fics that are, in its entirety, composed of one-shots, omakes, and ideas for fics, existing so the author can shoot off some 3-5 ideas at a time without launching a whole new oneshot every time. As it is, i dont think ive seen anyone else insert omakes so bluntly like this, and they are rather jarring as they have absolutely nothing to do with the fic itself so takes a bit or re-orienting entering and exiting the omake chapter. Anyways, awesome omakes and you really should start up a seperate fic to collect them as well as do spinoff fics for them if u have the time D dont be afraid to start a new fic yo, with the way you write and the number of people who read your fics, its not gonna take long for any other fics you write to rise up.
| NougatEvolution chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
So, I was laughing at the others. Then the last one I read was "TENGEN TOPPEN GURREN RATIONALITY 40K," and my vision began to darken before I managed to breathe properly again.
| lipasnape chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Wonderful thinking at the Council of Elrond.
I guess you have no text for Bilbo, or you do but won't tell ;-)
I haven't read the others, as I don't know their canon.
| Ham Nox chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I couldn't help but take special note of the Witch and the Wardrobe. I've always heard that C.S. Lewis's books are allegorical with Christian themes. I find it kind of funny that you just removed Jesus/God from the universe and judged it as a literary improvement.
I'll probably be having spontaneous giggle fits about it all day.
*heheh... heheheheh.. heheheheheheh..*
| Kutta chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Typo: tengen TOPPA instead of TOPPEN.
| Rohan Bernett chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I definitely liked these ideas for alternate stories which could have been tackled. Personally, I'm most interested in the takes on The Lord Of The Rings and The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe. If you don't take them up, I really hope someone else does. While I don't think I could pull it off myself, I would love to read them.
By the way, nice Shout Out to Fermat's Last Theorem.
| Raineh Daze chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Wonder what Frodo said they have to do?
... Gurren Lagann/Warhammer 40K? God-emperor Simon? XD
| Aquatic-Idealist chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I apologize for not reviewing sooner.
The first few chapters were a hook that drove me to follow this fic (been a reader since chapter 50 or so, got caught up quickly.) It's been hilarious and intriguing, but sadly I felt unworthy to leave a review.
But your Fate Sane Night forced me to react...
This chapter... Should be illegal. I'm sure at least hundreds of people have died from laughter. How could you?...
| Alias the Jester chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I'd love to read "The Witch and the Wardrobe", wherein the Pevensie children must somehow rise to become true leaders and unite the land of Narnia. Rather than just be handed everything on a platter by a magic lion who could win the battle himself at any moment he pleased.
| Dain chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
That...was awesome. If it wouldn't mean losing a perfectly good source of HP fanfiction, I'd beg you to start writing your own original fantasy epos right now. :)
| Ivar Hugo chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I must say, I would find it very fascinating to see what you would make of Iain M Banks's Cultureverse. It would be quite amusing to see if a human could school a Mind in rationality and science...
Your treatment of LotR was very well done. Thank you.
| KGB chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
ERDŐS IN CHAINS is the most disturbing, I wonder how Anita's ardeur works now. It'll creates passion for science in all it touches. :p
THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE has the best morality, if the lion would always safe everyone, there'd be no use for us.
Great omake chapter.
| Shadowhawke chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Okay. Utilitarian Twilight and Narnia were full of win. Although if Bella had been that intelligent, goodness knows why she would have fallen head over heels with the most awful Gary Stu that ever walked the fictional world.
Thanks for the hilarity of this chapter, and good luck with fundraising for the Singularity Institute! Hope it all goes well. :D
| Arkh Cthuul chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Damnit, I laughed so loud my coworkers thought I ahd snapped.
What a collection of greatly fun concepts.
| Majin Hentai X chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I would like to see you try and inject Rationality into a universe where the credo is "Go beyond the impossible and kick reason to curb because that's how I roll no that's the Dai-Gurren dan rolls. Who the hell do you think we are?" Then you add gods born of dark desires, psychic mutants, and boyz?
If you do embark on that endeavor, I ask you will Kamina live?
| obsidian-fox chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
These are excellent. The One Ring's power certainly seems far more appropriate for ruling others.
Thanks for the reference to Alicorn. I'd really appreciate if you 'Favorited' other authors from the lesswrong weblog, especially since you already have a separate account for your personal preferences.
| WB chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
I just rewatched the Lord of the Rings films and wondered how the story would have been, if given a Rationality treatment. Nice to see someone else spent some time to show what might have been.
| badkidoh chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
Well I liked this chapter.
The L.O.T.R. prat was great and the Twilight part very amusing as were the others parts.
| Alex Mennen chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
Rather embarrassingly, I somehow hadn't noticed that gaping flaw in LOTR before. Nice mini-fanfic. My only complaint is that Elrond couldn't have known that Isildur would die because of the ring, but the main point surrounding that is still good.
Someone needs to actually write these. Of course, Alicorn is currently doing a very good job of writing rational Twilight.
| Psilontech chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
I - I really want to see more of LORD OF RATIONALITY. The idea is stuck in my mind now, and I love it.
| Jalen Strix chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
:: falls over laughing at the Erdos in Chains ::
Oh yes, the waves of science radiating off him... :: wipes tear from eye :: Just... yes. I enjoy all of your FF stuff immensely, but this was really quite priceless.
| ilikebluepineapples chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
Most badass Bella ever.
I must admit the LotR one didn't hold my attention enough for me to finish it, but the others were awesome.
| Violet Shadows chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
TENGEN TOPPEN GURREN RATIONALITY 40K: please.
| gwern chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
"Have withstood fear to admit many errors
But this brain cannot find everything
My whole life has been...
Unlimited Bayes Works!"
Oh Eliezer, why, why? Why couldn't you just have used your original version ( /lw/ya/normal_ending_last_tears_68/qvc)?
'But this brain cannot find everything' is just terrible compared to 'This is the one uncertain path' and 'withstood pain' is both more general and more faithful than 'withstood fear'.
| ejhawman chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
A new omake! Seeing how different works would have been affected by the presence of more intelligent/cleverer characters on all sides...
LOTR - you have Tolkein's style down. The direction the discussion goes can be seen well before the end - maybe I'm getting good at this sort of thinking. Yes, SOMEONE must use the Ring to find out what to do, and then it comes down to how well they can execute the plan - at some point someone will be weak or make a mistake, and there will be drama.
Narnia - points out how Aslan's behavior looks like he's just playing games. And, by extension, how God seems to play games with mortals, designing us to live in the wilderness and then making us jump through hoops to live as civilized beings when He could have just crafted us as a civilized species from the start.
Haven't read the whatever in Chains thing, but it looks like tis omake should be hilarious.
Thundercats may have an interstellar ship, but it's wrecked. I forget - were they hoping to return home? If they weren't going to use their drive again, they could probably rig it into a nuke.
If He-Man is smart, does he look more like some edition of the Leader, from the Hulk comics, with super-big brains instead of muscles? And Skeletor would have to be smarter to match. Kiddies wouldn't be able to follow the battles.
Cop-out on Gurren Lagann! And 40K! ARGH! Make that your second FFnet story!
The major drawback of vampires is, they're DEAD. Bella's child is a special case - a whole book about figuring out its status. I suppose if the whole human race were to go vamp, there would be no more children, and after a few million years at most the vamps would be down to a few dozen - they can be destroyed, certainly there would be losses. There would still have to be a few breeding humans under the Vampire Lords - other authors have explored that, though I find it hard to find a story in that vein that goes on very long. Feh.
Reading the main chapter tomorrow.
| Uh oh chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
These OMAKES are a very very bad idea. You're attacking some very popular books here and at the same time attacking the entirety of Christianity!
I think it might be for the best to move these elsewhere.
| JoshuaZ chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
The LoTR version is really sad and we'll done. Heartbreaking really.
Most of the rest of these are hilarious. Although I'm very much a fan of Narnia, that's a really good take down.
And the combination of Anita Blake with Paul Erdos? Fantastic although a related joke about an undead Erdos has already been done by Randall Munroe in xkcd #599.
I'm not a fan of the He-Man or the Fate/Sane ones because they seem to be using "Bayesianism" and "Bayes's theorem" more as mantras than actually showing any rationality.
| Doug Lampert chapter 64 . 1/3/2011
Heh, I haven't read any of the Twillight books, but yes, if Vampires have all the traditional vampiric advantages, aren't vulnerable to sunlight, don't need to kill anyone, and at least for the males can appearently breed, then angst about the whole thing is rather out of place.