Can Harry Potter Save Russia? Some Russians Think So
October 7 – Russians have come together to crowd fund the publication of a Russian
translation book about Harry Potter because they believe that the ideas the
book promotes, including the value of human life, sanity and good sense, will help
them move forward to democracy and freedom, the man behind the effort says.
book in question is California-based Eliezer Yudkovsky’s Harry Potter and Methods of Rational Thought. A Russian translation
already exists, but Samin says that he turned to crowd funding to get the money
necessary to publish the work in Russia on a not-for-profit basis, after
securing the agreement of the author and of the Harry Potter trust.
first came to public prominence in Russia as a result of his support for
Aleksey Navalny and also for his leadership of the Pastafarian church there, a
group may dismiss as quackery but one whose followers insist is “a real,
legitimate religion, as much as any other.” He says he has long been a follower
of the works of J.K. Rowling.
should read the book, Samn says, because “rationality is not Mr. Spock who did
not experience emotion. Rationality is
the set of instruments which allow us to approach final values and more
effectively and happily solve problems on the way. It is a means of understanding and accepting the
world as it is and recognizing errors if we are not correct.”
is important, he says, is “reality and not what we think about it.” That is the
message of the book he is publishing now that he has gathered enough money via