An important yet largely unrecognized theme in the thought of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823−1913) was his insistence that all dependably-reported phenomena, even those of aberrant nature, were worthy of a respectful kind of attention: that is, a kind which did not automatically banish difficult subjects to the realm of myth or superstition. In this work, Wallace’s philosophy in this direction is documented, and linked to the world of post-Age-of-Enlightenment revisionism.
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Smith, Charles H., "Alfred Russel Wallace Notes 21: Wallace & the Doorway to the Universe" (2022). Faculty/Staff Personal Papers. Paper 210.