On the one hand, we want facts. We expect proof. But in our medicine cabinets, ancient healing remedies often exist side by side with today's chemical pharmaceuticals. Police departments routinely depend on the internet and cell phones and yet some employ psychics to visualize or communicate in ways that aren’t based on technology, nor understood by science (at least, not yet).
Most of us love symbolism; we delight in the allegory, the metaphor. That's definitely why I like to make the kind of things that I do. Most of us love the old myths, the folklore, stories about the magical and fantastic. We deliberately “suspend our disbelief.” Why is that? For one thing, it’s wonderfully entertaining. But also, I think it’s because we’re human -- that is, symbol-oriented thinkers that need to place meaning on a world and a universe that may never be fully explained only by means of the scientific method.
Scientists themselves sometimes maintain concurrent belief systems based on hardcore proofs on the one hand, and faith on the other hand -- a faith in a religion, or at least in the existence of God. I think I get that. For example, there are days when I feel especially perky and decide to resume my attempts to grasp quantum theory. After a while though, my brain explodes and I wobble away from my desk, confused and unnerved. If I were a physics researcher I don’t think I could be a hardcore atheist and stay sane!
Sometimes the ways of our ancient lore -- explanations of human existence that are derived from intuition, imagination and spiritual revelation -- are the only way to get a handle on some of the persistent mysteries of life.
Besides, mysteries have a way of revealing their roots in the material world, over time.