To you, what does it mean for something to exist? To be real? Looks like it's time to get philosophical! By definition, something is real when it is not imaginary or a work of fiction. Something exists when it has being. To me, something can exist and not be real; but it doesn't work vice versa. IE: pokemon exist, but aren't real. Something cannot be real without existing because it isn't there to be real. It's unthought of and thus, doesn't exist. Once something is thought of, it exists. It may not be real, but it exists. But let's dig deeper. I'll use dinosaurs as an example. An extension of the above definitions is to have life/ animation. Dinosaurs exist, but aren't alive. By dictionary definition, are dinosaurs not real? They were real, but since they don't house life or animation, can technically be classified as not real in the present day. Real has two definitions when used in this way. By the first definition, dinosaurs are real, but by the second they aren't; at least not anymore. There is also the third option of just not being present. Numbers are super tricky. They exist, but are technically not real. They're imaginary things we use to keep order. So let's do some simple math. 1-1=0 Since we took away the one, some people may say it no longer exists. It does exist; but is no longer present because we took it away. 0+1=1 The one is now back. It never stopped existing, we just took it away for a while and it's present again. Let's relate to dragons! Dragons exist; but aren't real by any definition. Some may also use real as a relative term. (A dragon not being real on this plane, but real on another.) Either way they exist in some form. So...discuss This isn't completely about science, but it also isn't spiritual; it's in the middle so i just put this here.