People exhibit medieval-like ignorance when it comes to science. When they repeat, like dumb woodpeckers, “trrrrust science! trrrrrust science!,” I feel very hopeless.
Two hundred+ years since the Enlightenment, and people still don’t see any difference between science and the Word of God. They think that a prophet comes, lays down the law, and then we have to prove the strength of our faith (or trust) in his infallibility by rejecting any corrections to the prophesy.
Science, as everybody on this blog knows, is the exact opposite. It isn’t weakened by constant doubt. To the contrary, questioning, probing, tinkering, and doubting are indispensable for science to flourish. The very first contribution to a new field is never the law. It’s a start to a conversation.
I’m not a scientist, obviously, but I have learned quite a bit about the Enlightenment era and the birth of the modern mentality. It’s precisely this constantly evolving nature of the human knowledge, the normality of doubt, and the possibility of any authority collapsing under the weight of new discoveries that it was so hard for the medieval minds to accept.
People are trying to make science serve the purpose that religion used to serve, and it’s a waste of time.