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Cream of the Cool

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is a Harry Potter fan fiction - No! Wait! Don't leave! Just hear me out. Please. I swear this is worth your time.

Like I was typing, Methods of Rationality is a fan fiction written by popular blogger and AI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky. Ever the rebel against conventional wisdom, Yudkowsky chose fan fiction as a medium for telling stories.

Methods of Rationality appears to begin as a single…

Iranian Muslim Champion of Separation of Religion and State

Incarcerated in Evin Prison (Location of U.S./Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini)

Like Father Like Son

The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop,
The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one.
--Omar Khayyam

On that second day of August in 1958, Ayatollah Seyed (or Sayyid) Mohammad Ali Kazemeini…

^knock on the door


The Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne

It has always seemed like a misnomer. It sounds diminutive, like it should describe a little pixie or a fairy of some kind.¬†Someone petite and delicate, a ballet dancer or a…

Let's assume you have two neighbors. One has a large, overbuilt McMansion. He owns two large and aggressive dogs, his sons are both Marines, and he sports an extensive gun collection. Although he holds several lavish parties a year with top-name entertainment and catering, you don't particularly relish attending: they tend to be more a chance for him to flex his muscle and show off rather than to actually mingle. He treats his (second) wife and young daughter more like his boat, his car and…