Alice-in-Wonderland adj
fantastic; irrational
Etymology: C20 alluding to the absurdities of Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s book [CED]

Alice-in-Wonderland adj.
Illusory; unreal: “One wonders if historians… are caught up in an Alice-in-Wonderland world of their own making” (Zara Steiner). [AHD4]

‘But of course,’ she said, ‘it’s very unexpected for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, but the gospel is simply a catalogue of unexpected things. It’s not to be expected that an ox and an ass should worship at the crib. Animals are always doing the oddest things in the lives of the saints. It’s all part of the poetry, the Alice-in-Wonderland side, of religion.’

Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, 1945

Of course, the fact that the eoliths are sometimes found by themselves had already been reported by Prestwich. All this reveals much about scientific discussion concerning anomalous evidence. Scientists whose preconceptions dispose them to reject certain evidence often tend to repeat their objections even after they have been met with apparently adequate responses, as if the response had never been made. Doctrinaire scientists also set conditions they believe should be met, even when such conditions have already been met. All of this makes for an Alice-in-Wonderland type of discourse: “My dear sir, I have found crudely chipped stone tools alone.” “Well sir, I really think you should find these chipped stone tools alone.” “But I have sir.” “Then you very well should do so, or I shall never believe you.” Or […]

Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson, Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race, 1993

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