Most people don't know about the Paracas skulls (above) or the fact that King Tut also had an elongated skull. Was King Tut's misshapen head the product of "binding" in infancy? Were pharaohs imitating the appearance of a previous age of giants? Modern archaeology refuses to deal with these sorts of questions.
High Strangeness abounds . . . monsters of all shapes and sizes folded between dimensions. Sometimes they straighten out their lots by accident. Sometimes they spend thousands of years seeking a way to enter our sense plane. Such are the hidden realms that bump and grind like rusty clockwork behind the fascia of every day reality.
Steampunk Scientists are not shackled by rules, regulations, and peer pressure. They can pursue knowledgecraft in the comforts of their own space. Believe it or not, some of the greatest technological leaps in history were not made in corporate or academic labs. Most people have not heard about the really big private discoveries that occurred after the Nineteenth Century. Why? Because the information was occulted on a "need to know" basis.
Knowledge is power, lest we forget, and powerful inventions can be priceless. Ironically, many brilliant inventors over the past century were not aware of these all-important facts. Nicola Tesla found out the hard way.
Discoveries about supernatural beings and phenomenon are no different, and many of these were made long before the Nineteenth Century. Rare instances of alliances and friendships between supernatural sentients and humans have often been manipulated and abused by other supernaturals or by greedy third party humans for as long as our species has trod the globe. C'est la vie.
Ubernaturalism is a system of analysis that acknowledges ancient knowledge of such things, while drawing from modern evidence and scientific reasoning. This said, it is more than a bunch of rules. Ubernaturalism, as a kind of psychic altruism, embraces the need for humanity to transcend livestockhood. It seeks to awaken the dormant sense of psychic awareness in all people.
The ubernaturalist, like the "steampunk scientist," commands scientific dogma to "Sit! Roll over!" But this does not mean that the virtues of science are overlooked or undervalued. Intuition and imagination are as important to the 21st Century as it was to the Seventeenth Century when Sir Isaac Newton spent as much time studying alchemy as he did calculus.
Just because evidence of the paranormal does not fit neatly inside our present frame of reference, scientifically speaking--this does not mean it should be ignored . . . or worse, covered up.
And so it goes . . . turn a screw, bust a nut. Ubernatural data gathering, analysis, and interpretation is a lot hard work. There's no room for armchair philosophers or scientists in this new and budding post-scientific age discipline.