Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

If you have not yet taken a look at this you may enjoy it:

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Steve Novella of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe pointed out a number of years ago that Harry Potter is really more of a science fiction than a fantasy. The Magic of Harry Potter is really a number of natural laws that certain people can tap into some ways, and they use scientific principles to discover them.

That is all.


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Emerson White is a biology student working on post grad while doing private research on the side.
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2 Responses to Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

  1. Jonathan Byron says:

    Most religion can be viewed as ‘spiritual technology’ where people try to harness the universe for their personal ends (or they allow themselves to be harnessed by their religion). But Harry Potter is indeed fantasy because it requires suspension of disbelief, as these ‘natural laws’ are imaginary. Not that fantasy is a bad thing – it is escapism that can provide value… the human mind can only deal with a limited amount of sterile rationality … kids gotta play, scientists and entrepreneurs don’t do much of significance unless they dream.

    That is all, Mr. Spock!

  2. opcnup says:

    All science fiction requires suspension of disbelief though doesn’t it? I have lots of disbelief to be suspended over aliens in flying saucers, robots with positronic brains, and vulcans.

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