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38 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 September 2007 08:01PM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 September 2007 04:41:09AM 4 points [-]

Suppose that rain actually was blood shed by large sky-going creatures? Only now, in later years, and with the conventional mistaken belief that religion is non-disprovable, do we think of "sky spirits" as a non-explanation. Back in the old days, it was a reasonable hypothesis. It's just that later it was found to be wrong.

On the other hand, it's not clear how to test "From the before time. From the long long ago." Even in the days when people actually believed their religions, this counts as hitting Worship.