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Pop Quiz: Rational reading?

Because clearly the best time to get involved with something fun and distracting is when you are racing to finish a conference paper on a very tight deadline, today I finally got around to starting Eliezer Yudkowsky’s “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.” I remember first hearing about it a while back (possibly as one of Julia’s picks on the Rationally Speaking Podcast, but I’m no longer sure),* but never seemed to find an opportune moment to start on it.

This all changed this morning, when the prospect of real work seemed just a bit to daunting for my groggy, decaffeinated brain. Seven chapters later (it really does pick up in chapter 5), I’m having such a good time I’ve nearly forgotten about that impending Deadline of Doom.** Nearly. Wait, I have to get to work! Just one more chapter…

What have you been reading lately for pleasure? Anything on a skeptical/rationalist theme? Who else enjoys fanfiction (there must be some of us in this community!)?***

The Pop Quiz is a question to you, the Scholars of Doubt. Look for it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm ET.

*Can I just say how much I love Rationally Speaking? Infinite internet points to Julia and Massimo!

**My only quibble is that it requires massive suspension of disbelief to imagine an eleven-year-old who reasons like a very grown-up analytic philosopher. More than even magic.

***All I will say here is that H/D is the OTP. You know it is true.

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Dan holds a PhD in Music History from a major Canadian university and is now pursuing a M.Ed in Higher Education at another one, because he likes to collect very expensive paper. He performs stand-up comedy at venues all over Toronto when he's not busy playing JRPGs with his cat, Roy. You can follow him at @incontrariomotu, but he isn't going anywhere. You can also send him a tip on PayPal (paypal.me/dandonnelly) if you like his work!

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