We Want MoR – Chapters 1-5


Join Steven and Brian as we dive into the world of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality! Steven will play the role of the tour guide while doing his best to not spoil any of the surprises and Brian will play the seasoned adventurer who is new to this particular work.

In this episode, we cover the first five chapters. They’re short and closely tied together. Harry is a scientific polymath and aspiring Rationalist and discovers he’s a wizard, goes shopping, and immediately sets out on the task of figuring out just what the heck is going on in the universe!

Original chapters, written by Eliezer Yudkowsky, can be read here and the audiobook chapters, recorded by Eneasz Brodski, can be found earlier in this podcast feed and on the website.

In next week’s episode, we will be covering chapter 6.

Album art courtesy of Lorec from The Bayesian Conspiracy podcast’s Discord. Thank you!

Coy on the same Discord manages an RSS feed that compiles the relevant audiobook chapters with the WW MoR counterparts. Just copy and paste that link into your favorite podcast app in the “add by url” option. Thanks, Coy!

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  1. You know it’s really interesting about this to me is that the two of you read this story as adults, but I and my two younger siblings all read this as teenagers.
    So there’s like a whole lot of explaining stuff that happens in a way that it would often happen in a book aimed at kids, but since your adult and the book here is a med adults it feels dumb or mansplain e as you put it.

    Like a lot of these Concepts were absolutely new to me and my siblings cuz we went to public school and grew up in the boonies, most of our family did trade work, so this stuff was really interesting to us and yeah it’s like any TV show that tries to teach you math and science.

    • Harry going into the physics jargon is because he’s confused and upset and using the jargon is easier than putting it into simple terms. That’s why the jargon exists, because it’s easier to talk about those concepts with specialized words. Idiots think scientists use complicated words to exclude people, because that’s what religion uses them for. But Scientists WANT people to know their tricks and secrets.

  2. I notice you guys didn’t mention the couple lines at the beginning starting “Beneath the moonlight…”

    Was that skipped intentionally or an oversight?

    • It’s not really clear to a new reader what that’s supposed to mean and I let Brian guide the conversation so as to not draw his attention to anything significant before the reader might suspect significance. :)

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