What defines “fantasy” for you? Many of us think of things that are “not real” — from fire-breathing dragons to vampires.
But there are very fuzzy edges on such a definition. There ARE people who drink blood, you know. (It’s often considered either a medical condition, a psychological issue, or a fetish. And, um, I was going to provide some web links, but I think I’ll spare you.) There are also people who think ghosts and some paranormal abilities are perfectly real. Time travel is real at the quantum particle level; maybe we just haven’t worked out the technology for the macro level yet. And a number of fantasies revolve around dreams, dream control, or dream abilities such as communicating, “for real,” with someone else through a dream. Dreams are one of the least understood workings of our brains, so there’s very little to argue that such fantasies aren’t perfectly possible.
Maybe this is part of the reason the term “paranormal” has become so popular lately; it seems to imply more leeway for what is or is not real or normal. And of course, as with airships or nanotechnology or cell phones, today’s fantasy is tomorrow’s reality.
What do you think? And what “fantasy” stuff do you hope is currently in the blur and that tomorrow’s technology will give us?