Every day I will repeat to myself: Any time you see a “ch” in a word you haven’t heard someone pronounce IRL, it is ALWAYS pronounced like a hard ‘k’. Grrrrr.
I wasn’t sure about doing Religion’s Claim To Be Non-Disprovable. Religion isn’t really a big deal in Rationalist circles, it’s basically a solved problem and no one much bothers with it anymore. Why resurrect it now? Well, I still love the Story Of The First Experiment In History. Massive fun! :) But more to the point, as Scott Alexander wrote, “I re-read the Sequences”, they tell me, “and everything in them seems so obvious. But I have this intense memory of considering them revelatory at the time.” I also find this to be the case. And I have a memory of this post being awesome when I read it, so I will trust that this continues to be the case for first-time readers/listeners.
An Alien God is, of course, a foundational classic. Azathoth has become standard terminology, it’s been expanded on over the years, and the original post still sends shivers down my spine. I hope I did it justice.