Hmmm. well, I've seen science crumble under questioning too. Remember, science is also influenced by human goals. When we WANT to find a certain thing, there is more of a tendency to find what we're looking for and to overlook things we shouldn't have.
Plenty of pharmaceutical companies (scientific?) can prove what I just said. WANTING an outcome doesn't preclude the truth of it. There's also institutional backing of science (the Catholic Church backed PLENTY of scientists who were told what to say or what to do.) How many lawsuits or recalls of drugs have happened over the past few years? In spite of scientific pharmaceuticals wanting a drug to solely be for benefit/profit? And if you should argue that the science aspect was twisted, because yes, they took away parts and hid information, well, where then was the science? And to believe that no one else in science does the same thing is a dangerous trust.
When activated truthfully, science is pure observation without human influence, but the moment you get human observation, well, you can't avoid the human influence. We're prone to mistakes, period. So there are going to be as many mistakes in science as there are in religions.
I can't tell you how many studies I've sat and laughed at, or been disgusted with. The Bell curve. Trust me, if you're sitting in a room full of people who believe you're stupid, or who believe you're going to make mistakes, it makes you very nervous, and thus more prone to mistakes and wrong answers. Ever had a boss constantly look over your shoulder? The Bell Curve sought a specific outcome and thus found it, because those doing the study didn't wish to see any other outcome. It was a load of BULL. They discounted cultural aspects, educational aspects, life experiences, etc. I've met a LOT of people I consider to be highly intelligent, who don't have the educational background or degrees that many supposed "intelligent" people have. I've met some mighty stupid people who attended extremely well-known highly accredited institutions as well. And I too, am not immune from saying a stupid thing from time to time. Science is humanly driven and therefore not immune to human mistakes.
But in the end, my conclusion is the same as your conclusion. Question everything.
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