Agreed Occam - What I fear is the raging skeptical believer that dismisses all that disagree. Those that I’ve seen who get so frustrated with their inability to sway others that they fall into the pattern of religious true believers of not listening, of only waiting for their opportunity to hammer others with their scientific truth. Often time more science will show things to be more complex, and sometimes more bewildering or different (quantum physics, string theory - not that I begin to understand either). I think most scientific arguements should begin with ‘Given what we know so far on this planet and subject to possible changes…’. Take global warming and the human role in it. There appears to be too many absolutes given (of course that is what many/most people want or need in order to act) that other views are brushed aside or ridiculed in order to have a solid base (belief system) from which to act.
I so want to provide some specific examples of what I am trying to communicate but my poor recall requires that I must first try to find long lost notes and saved files in order to do so. Maybe with continued involvement with this site I’ll learn to respond more precisely.