I don’t know enough about science to have any real idea what goes on around me (but I like to keep an interest) so in that sense science is not that dissimilar to religion. For the most of us we have to take a lot on faith unless we’re really prepared to crunch all those numbers and you’d have to be some kind of humongous mathemagician to do anything related to the field of science (I’m not generalising) or an even more humongous mathemagician to develop hardware to do it for you so faith is what we have.
Faith is all very well and good now and then but if it stops you from really appreciating what goes on around you then I say faith no more. Sure we may think that we are so much more intelligent than we used to be but we’re only basing that from the intelligence of today (intelligence scientifique du jour). Yesterday’s truth was just as true back then so who’s to say we’re not all made up of infinitesimally small particles known as metachlorians or hurtling through space on the back of a giant turtle?
If it means I can wake up in the morning and not get crushed under the weight of the bleakness of the human condition in the even bleaker universe that belongs to those ‘numbers men’ then you’ll excuse me if I knock over a petri dish here and there and mess up some guy’s hair at the library. Ignorance can be bliss but at great expense to everybody else around it.