[FoRK] Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Fri Jun 25 03:19:05 PDT 2010





On Jun 25, 2010, at 4:43, Jebadiah Moore <jebdm at jebdm.net> wrote:

> Wunderbar!  Better than the original.
>
> But a small nitpick:
>
> On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>
>> What if Harry's aunt had married a rational and highly supportive  
>> academic
>> scientist rather than that asshole?
>>
>
> I got the impression that the adoptive dad was a jab at the typical  
> modern
> scientist/academic/liberal who believes him/herself to be rational,  
> while in
> fact being merely scientistic, accepting the mainstream results of  
> science
> while failing to act rationally, to engage in true skepticism, or  
> even to
> properly understand and use the scientific method.

Fair interpretation.  I rather suspect Eli didn't intend it that way,  
but that's just a guess, and not a strong one.

jb


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