Science is not the answer to our looming crises. The imprudent, irresponsible exploitation of science is in fact the cause of many threats that face us. The answer, however, is not to revert back to pre-rational thinking. Instead, we must transcend and include science.
We ignore science at our peril. Scientific evidence is not something to be embraced only when convenient, when it fits our views or opinions. Too often we accept the fruits of scientific discovery and reject the findings we don't like. As a scientist, I evaluate scientific evidence critically, but I take science seriously.
(Dmitri Mendeleev, 1869)