"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 is a variant on the word visiplate.
This term probably appeared earlier; I've read that Alexander M. Phillips used it in Martian Gesture, a short story that appeared in the Wonder Stories in October of 1935, but I can't find the story to get a quote.
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