TheÂ First Law of Fanfiction states thatÂ every change which strengthens the protagonists requires a corresponding worsening of their challenges. [â€¦]Â stories are about conflict; a hero too strong for their conflict is no longer in tense, heart-pounding difficulty. [â€¦]
TheÂ Rationalist Fanfiction Principle states thatÂ rationality is not magic; being rational does not require magical potential or royal bloodlines or even amazing gadgets, and the principles of rationality work for understandable reasons.
The piece of “serial fiction” looks at cognitive science and rationality in a Harry Potter-type world where Harry, having been raised by a scientist stepfather, is a rationalist, enteringÂ the wizarding world “armed with Enlightenment ideals and the experimental spirit.”
Currently 63 chapters long–including chapters such as A Day of Very Low Probability, The Stanford Prison Experiment, The Unknown and the Unknowable and Title Redacted, Part I–the Methods is a fantastic read.
Although listen to Eliezer when he says “This fic is widely considered to have really hit its stride starting at around Chapter 5. If you still don’t like it after Chapter 10, give up”.
via Hacker News