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Comment author: Spurlock 25 July 2013 05:05:46PM 12 points [-]

I interpreted this to mean that long ago, there were 3 Peverell brothers, each of which created one of the Hallows. Harry is descended from this family. Note that it doesn't say that "Pevererll's sons" will necessarily be the ones to use their devices to defeat Death, only that the devices are theirs.

Comment author: malthrin 25 July 2013 08:49:23PM 1 point [-]

'Shall be' refers to a change of future state, so it can't be about the way things are now.

Comment author: gothgirl420666 13 July 2013 02:44:22AM 6 points [-]

Why is space colonization considered at all desirable?

Comment author: malthrin 17 July 2013 07:38:08PM 1 point [-]

Space colonization is part of the transhumanist package of ideas originating with Nikolai Federov.

Comment author: malthrin 21 June 2013 06:08:15PM 0 points [-]

Build something you need. What you don't know, you'll learn in the process.

Comment author: malthrin 15 January 2013 07:50:38PM 12 points [-]

You may have some inferential distance issues here.

Comment author: nykos 04 October 2012 11:50:20AM *  3 points [-]

Intelligent people are more likely to think on the consequences when deciding to have a child. But there is a prisoner's dilemma type of situation here:

One reason smart people forego reproduction is because they might feel children make them more unhappy overall for at least the first few years (a not unreasonable assumption). Or simply because they are not religious (smart religious people do still have lots of children) As a consequence, in 20 years, the average IQ of that society will fall (bar some policy reversals encouraging eugenic breeding, or advances in genetic engineering), as only the less intelligent breed. Since, all other things equal, smarter people perform better on their jobs, the average quality of services provided in that society (both public and private) goes down. So in the end everyone becomes more unhappy (even though unhappiness of a childless smart person resulting from societal dysgenics may not outweigh the temporary unhappiness from having a child)

Comment author: malthrin 18 October 2012 07:15:27PM 0 points [-]

IQ reverts to the mean across generations.

Comment author: Alsadius 09 April 2012 08:49:26PM 4 points [-]

2b seems unlikely given Harry's memory of the night matching the official line. Did Dumbledore do a FMC on baby Harry?

Also, remember that for someone with Horcruxes, one can de facto fake one's own death by actually dying and waiting for the resurrection. There's no particular need to assume that he survived that night in the traditional sense of the word.

Comment author: malthrin 09 April 2012 09:05:31PM 0 points [-]

This memory?

Into the vacuum rose the memory, the worst memory, something forgotten so long ago that the neural patterns shouldn't have still existed.

Comment author: disinter 06 April 2012 01:37:13AM 4 points [-]

It's a real disorder If that's what concerns you. But if you're asking "why use that excuse to exclude Harry from public school and give him a time-turner at Hogwarts? Is there a logical progression that definitively gives Harry a reason to have such a disorder?" I had never considered that.

Comment author: malthrin 06 April 2012 07:05:10PM 4 points [-]

Thanks, I didn't realize that was a real thing.

Harry's sleep schedule wasn't on the red herring list. Further investigation warranted.

Comment author: malthrin 28 March 2012 03:23:41AM 2 points [-]

Regarding the ending comments about Godric's Hollow: there was some earlier discussion about the wizarding community's consensus here.

Comment author: malthrin 26 March 2012 04:01:31PM *  2 points [-]

That description of the line of Merlin at the beginning sure sounded 'sacred'.

Comment author: Alsadius 23 March 2012 05:08:43PM 4 points [-]

The taboo tradeoff is presumably Lucius being asked to trade off his chance at revenge.

Comment author: malthrin 24 March 2012 02:10:52PM 0 points [-]

Agreed. I'm not sure why everyone's so fixated on a tradeoff by Harry.

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