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The "science of faeries". An oxymoron?Click here for the rest!
Don't get me wrong. I am quite the skeptic, a big fan of James Randi and Christopher Hitchens. All of this is fantasy, right? The only scientists who believe in fairies are pseudo-scientists.
But there was a time in the past when credible scholars did give credence to the possibility of the existence of faeries.
It was the time of rampant mysticism, the revival of the occult, the heyday of séance and mesmerism. Nikola Tesla performed feats of magic with electricity, letting a million volts arc visibly through his body in public displays. Science fiction dawned with writings about living monsters being created from dead tissue and explorers finding giants and dinosaurs far beneath the earth. (Could one argue that Urban Fantasy was the original form of science fiction?)
During this era, almost nothing was known about the realities of our world...