It lies in the nature of at least some people to hunt for the Unknown. Mysterious things exert a subtle attraction on these neophiles. If we all were content with what we know and did not cultivate some interest in the "strange", we might end up as intellectual dodos for which everything is explained and explainable. This would be the end of science.

"The more we know, the more we realize how much we do not know."

The history of science includes the stories of many blunders, bluffs, and outright fakes. Only think of the famous art forgeries or the crop circle mystery - areas of expertise where the opinions differ maximally. It is up to us again, to decide what we accept as "real". No expert can do this for us. Experts help, because they do a lot of footwork, but in the final analysis, it is our responsibility: either we trust, or we don't.

We also need to ponder that some of us are more gullible than others. Plus, there is a tendency in human perception to remember things more easily that "stand out", giving strange hypotheses an edge over the mere normal. One could even view science as a perception game.

"They all want the same: something different."

Thus, strange phenomena and unsolved mysteries lend themselves easily as projection screen for our unconscious fears and desires. Once again these things remind us of meme vectors (buyer beware!)

Unsolved Mysteries

Over 60 ancient Chinese Seals in Ireland at the most improbable locations.

A computer for celestial mechanics that is more than 2000 years old: Antikythera mechanism

Electrical batteries that are at least 1600 years old were found at Baghdad

Secrets of the ancient megalith culture are still unsolved. But why a wall around the Pyramids? (In German)

Famous Non-Discoveries of the Solar System Vulcan, the intra-Mercurial planet; Mercury's Moon; Neith, the Moon of Venus; The Earth's Second Moon; The Moons of Mars; The 14th Moon of Jupiter; Saturn's Ninth and Tenth Moons; Six Moons of Uranus; Planet X; Nemesis, the Sun's companion star;

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