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66 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 29 July 2007 05:49PM

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Comment author: Hopefully_Anonymous2 30 July 2007 12:59:08PM 6 points [-]

Anna, If you're talking about real dragons, the theory that made the most intuitive sense to me (I think I read it in an E.O. Wilson writing?) is that dragons are an amalgamation of things we've been naturally selected to biologically fear: snakes and birds of prey (I think rats may have also been part of the list). Dragons don't incorporate an element of them that looks like a handgun or a piping hot electric stove, probably because they're too new as threats for us to be naturally selected to fear things with those properties.