Beyond IQ

Scientific and Rational Thought and Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality PART 2

  • 24 Jan 2018
  • 09 May 2018
  • 16 sessions
  • 24 Jan 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 31 Jan 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 07 Feb 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 14 Feb 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 21 Feb 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 28 Feb 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 07 Mar 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 14 Mar 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 21 Mar 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 28 Mar 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 04 Apr 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 11 Apr 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 18 Apr 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 25 Apr 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 02 May 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
  • 09 May 2018, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM
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In Part 2, we’ll continue our study of the science and literature of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.  We’ll work on improving our own abilities as rationalists, and exploring the ideas behind humanism as well.  We will move a little more quickly through the chapters than we did in part 1, as the science isn’t quite as dense, so be prepared to read more each week. 

Because the science isn’t as dense, the storyline gets richer, and departs more from the original books.  We will probably spend less time doing direct comparisons to the original text, though topics will crop up from time to time, and more time focused on how these characters grow, what puzzles they are presented with, and where it all might be leading.  Also, we’ll start seeing some comparisons to other works as well. 

We will complete “books” 2 and 3 of HPMOR, or Chapters 23-64 of the entire book. 

A syllabus is forthcoming.

As before, science is more than a set of facts.  We will work to expand our scientific thinking.

Total class time is 15 sessions – one of these weeks will be a spring break, to be determined with your input.

All times are U.S. East Coast. 

Students will have access to class recordings the day after each class.


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