Science Under Siege, or Just Paranoid Declinism?
As scientists, do you feel under threat from wide-spread ignorance? Does it bother you that so many people believe in creationism, or the Mayan apocalypse, or the gambler’s fallacy? Is it a threat only to our livelihood or do you worry for the fate of the species?
Or am I painting with too broad a brush? I’ve known many scientists who were theists, and some who are at least skeptical about global warming models. Does pursuit of the scientific method or critical thinking just create an orthodoxy of empiricism that is tantamount to religious faith?