"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
This seems like a doable idea; it relates to the idea of a "reputation server" or similar server that keeps track of who is worth listening to (and who is not).
This also reminds me of the never-ending battle against flame wars that is fought on most sites that accept comments.
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