Science is the only way to move in any direction other than backwards. There are no “other forms of knowledge”, or elements of reality that science “cannot explain”. Sure, at this exact moment there is plenty that we don’t yet know—this is because humanity’s development is still in its infancy, not because the answers lay beyond the reach of science.
Every good thing that has happened to the human race has been because of science. No belief system, social movement or system of government has ever made a dent in improving the world, only science has. Science is not one of mankind’s greatest tools; science is mankind’s only tool.
The only alternative to science is destruction and chaos. Every bit of peace, joy, and contentment in the world is only possible due to science. Science is the answer to everything, without exception—if anything is to be accomplished, science is the only thing that can be relied upon.
These should not be controversial statements to anyone, except maybe for those desiring the destruction of all living things. And yet, even with its track record as the only good thing to happen to the human race, and its ubiquitous presence today in the 21st century, most of the world has almost no interest in science at best, and contempt for it at worst.
Why science is rejected
This is partly due to human nature. Humans are drawn to mystery, to belief in a “higher power” and other non-useful concepts. That every aspect of reality can be clearly quantified and explained disturbs the average mind on a primal level.
It’s possible to overcome basic tendencies, but many are raised in a way that reinforces their basic tendencies, such as for “mystery worship”. That many parents convince their children of the presence of a magical bearded man who delivers presents is just one example–I’m referring to
Jesus Santa Claus of course.
Raising children on a diet of ‘woo’ may be entertaining for both parent and child alike, but it creates a corrupted world view. One that views reality as ‘subjective’ and therefore rejects objective science, or one that views the world as objective, but based on abstract concepts like “god” rather than on evidence.
To form a view of reality based on the evidence at hand is an unpopular concept. An unlimited number of excuses exist to dismiss objective reality, but it ultimately comes down to each person wanting to believe what they see fit. If science says something is true that they don’t want to be true, why should they believe something that disagrees with their principles?
Living in la la land
An intelligent person is able to see the many advantages to accepting reality over living in a fabricated fantasy land.
An analogy: if someone never maintained their car and insisted to themselves that it would keep running forever, sooner or later their car would break down, and they would be forced to either sink even deeper into their delusions–or accept reality and repair their vehicle.
A person who believes they will go to heaven upon death may live a pleasant and secure life, but upon dying they will cease to exist in any way–no matter how much they believed otherwise. Whereas someone operating within reality may temporarily suffer some stress, but will be able to take steps against dying.
The fantasy land may be pleasant to live in for a time, but that fantasy land only exists within reality, and eventually reality will break through.