As I'm running through ideas for the setting to use for BTR, I come up with some interesting stuff.
I was watching a documentary recently on the idea of "ancient astronauts" and how people are meshing the description of various mythological events with our modern understanding of the sciences.
Many years ago, I read a book by a French UFOlogist whose name I don't recall in which he describes certain encounters with "fair folk" and "little people" that meshed rather well certain aspects of the UFO phenomena.
Why are we looking at this stuff with such a scientific/technological perspective? What if our ancestors knew magic when they saw it, but us modern people try and force it to mesh with our own ideas of the universe?
What if the universe is magical? What if our science and technology is considered "backward" by the rest of the intelligent beings of the cosmos because everyone else is simply ignoring the physical laws that we are forced to live by?
Though I think humans would have an advantage in this scenario. Our inquisitive minds would start looking at magic as another science for us to master. And we would incorporate our existing scientific knowledge, as well. So humans would be the universe's first technomancers.
What do you think?