Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: What are your favorite books?
homingbrain: Also, strangely enough (not being a Harry Potter fan), I immensely enjoyed Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.
Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?
W4n: Written by a senior researcher at MIRI, it distills all the cogsci and pop psychology books you can think of (Kahneman, Freakonomics, Gladwell) into a smart, funny, engaging, book-length book-quality fanfic. ...
Ask HN: Books you wish you had read earlier?
smaddox: because it set the bar (high) for all future fiction, especially when it comes to the insightful portrayal of the struggle between good and evil.
Joeri: Rationality is good, but I found Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality to be a much more pleasant read about the same topics by the same author.
Ask HN: What books have made the biggest impact on your mental models?
nitrogen: Provides an interesting introduction to some ways of thinking that may be new or surprising.
Ask HN: Books on specific topics that have applied to many areas of your life?
SonOfLilit: ...is one book that changed my life a lot more than I expected when picking it up. In many ways, it left me a different person.
Ask HN: Read any good books lately?
kalado: Petunia married a professor, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction.
Ask HN: What book changed your life in 2014?
pooriaazimi: I would say HPMoR is like Gödel Escher Bach, but slightly simpler and more approachable, and looks at stuff from a different angle. And Eliezer is an excellent writer, just like D. Hofstadter -- and his style is even more fun! If you're on HN, then you'll enjoy this book immensely.
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Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?
rayalez: The most brilliant book I've read this year. I wish I'd read it 10 years ago.
Ask HN: What is the most mind blowing book you've ever read?
sriku: Every single chapter is potentially mind blowing. The whole approach of trying to instruct rationality through such fiction is itself brilliant I think.