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1: HJPEV and the Methods of Rationality Chapter 2: Everything I Believe is False by Eliezer Yudkowsky5y4 min read4 comments 26 #include "stddisclaimer.h" "Of course it was my fault. There's no one else here who could be responsible for anything." "Now, just to be clear," Harry said, "if the professor does levitate you, Dad, when you know you haven't been attached to any wires, that's going to be sufficient evidence. You're not going to turn around and say that it's a magician's trick. That wouldn't be fair play. If you feel that way, you should say so now, and we can figure out a different experiment instead." Harry's father, Professor Michael Verres-Evans, rolled his eyes. "Yes, Harry." "And you, Mum, your theory says that the professor should be able to do this, and if that doesn't happen, you'll admit you're mistaken. Nothing about how magic doesn't work when people are sceptical of it, or anything like that." Deputy Headmistress Minerva McGonagall was watching Harry with a bemused expression. She looked quite witchy in her black robes and pointed hat, but when she spoke she sounded formal and Scottish, which didn't go together with the look at all. At first glance she looked like someone who ought to cackle and put babies into cauldrons, but the whole effect was ruined as soon as she opened her mouth. "Is that sufficient, Mr. Potter?" she said. "Shall I go ahead and demonstrate?" "Sufficient? Probably not," Harry said. "But at least it will help. Go ahead, Deputy Headmistress." "Just Professor will do," said she, and then, "Wingardium Leviosa." Harry looked at his father. "Huh," Harry said. His father looked back at him. "Huh," his father echoed. Then Professor Verres-Evans looked back at Professor McGonagall. "All right, you can put me down now." His father was lowered carefully to the ground. Harry ruffled a hand through his own hair. Maybe it was just that strange part of him which had already been convinced, but... "That's a bit of an anticlimax," Harry said. "You'd think there'd be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with updating on an observation of infinitesimal probability -" Harry stopped himself. Mum, the witch, and even his Dad were giving him that look again. "I mean, with finding out that everything I believe is false." Seriously, it should have been more dramatic. His brain ought to have been flushing its entire current stock of hypotheses about the universe, none of which allowed this to happen. But instead his brain just seemed to be going, All right, I saw the Hogwarts Professor wave her wand and make your father rise into the air, now what? The witch-lady was smiling benevolently upon them, looking quite amused. "Would you like a further demonstration, Mr. Potter?" "You don't have to," Harry said. "We've performed a definitive experiment. But..." Harry hesitated. He couldn't help himself. Actually, under the circumstances, he shouldn't be helping himself. It was right and proper to be curious. "What else can you do?" Professor McGonagall turned into a cat. Harry scrambled back unthinkingly, backpedalling so fast that he tripped over a stray stack of books and landed hard on his bottom with a thwack. His hands came down to catch himself without quite reaching properly, and there was a warning twinge in his shoulder as the weight came down unbraced. At once the small tabby cat morphed back up into a robed woman. "I'm sorry, Mr. Potter," said the witch, sounding sincere, though the corners of her lips were twitching upwards. "I should have warned you." Harry was breathing in short gasps. His voice came out choked. "You can't DO that!" "It's only a Transfiguration," said Professor McGonagall. "An Animagus transformation, to be exact." "You turned into a cat! A SMALL cat! You violated Conservation of Energy! That's not just an arbitrary rule, it's implied by the form of the quantum Hamiltonian! Rejecting it destroys unitarity and then you get FTL signalling! And cats are COMPLICATED! A human mind can't just visualise a whole cat's anatomy and, and all the cat biochemistry, and what about the neurology? How can you go on thinking using a cat-sized brain?" Professor McGonagall's lips were twitching harder now. "Magic." "Magic isn't enough to do that! You'd have to be a god!" Professor McGonagall blinked. "That's the first time I've ever been called that."

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1:HJPEVと合理性の方法第2章:私が信じるすべてが間違っているEliezer Yudkowsky5y4 min read4 comments 26 #include "stddisclaimer.h" "もちろん、それは私のせいでした。 」 「今、はっきりさせるために」と、ハリーは言った。

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1:HJPEVと合理性の方法第2章:Eliezer Yudkowsky5y4 min read4 comments 26 #include "stddisclaimer.h" "もちろんそれは私のせいでした。" 「今すぐ明らかにする」「ハリーは言った。

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1: HJPEV and rationality method Chapter 2: Eliezer Yudkowsky5y4 min read4 comments 26 #include "stddisclaimer.h" "Of course it was my fault."

Equilibrium found!

That didn't even make that much sense in English.

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