Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Holy crap. Smart Harry Potter schools everyone.
Maybe you've heard of this, and maybe you haven't. Maybe it was a Thing of the Day. I can't find any mention of it on the forum here. You need to know.
Make one change to the Harry Potter universe: Petunia marries a kind, intelligent Ivy League professor instead of thuggish Dursley. Harry is consequently raised with kindness and surrounded by books. He turns out to be a really fuckin' smart kid.
Rational hijinks ensue.
It's on fanfiction.net, but don't judge it for that. It's written by an AI researcher and specialist in decision-making and game theory, and it's as much a teaching tool about how to think as it is a story. It's also profoundly satisfying if you read Harry Potter and hated how Harry never did, well, anything
, because he was a traumatized victim of child abuse and not very smart.
Anyway, go read this shit. It's amazing and you might learn something. At the least you will be amused for an afternoon.http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality
Be warned: it's an ongoing work, so don't expect it to wrap up neatly when you get to the end. He updates it every week or so.
You can also read Less Wrong
, a rationalist blog to which the author contributes.