"Science" (and I'm talking about the popular impression non-scientists have of the term) has turned from making promises of vast wealth and future awesomeness (flying cars, robot servants, limitless power) to largely warning of future disaster and major expense (global warming, dying seas, peak oil).
We all make decisions every day which it is now clear have troubling future consequences, from buying cheap goods whose environmental impact is significant to our reliance on petroleum to having kids. "Science" used to be the way we'd shrug and think that the problem would be solved easily a few years down the line--what we do today is of little consequence. ("Hell, how will the plastic-trash-fueled floating fusion reactors of tomorrow even work if the Pacific Ocean didn't have a plastic graveyard?")
Science now not only doesn't offer a way out, it points out that your lousy decisions last week permanently made the world a worse place, and the bad ones you made today only added fuel to that fire.
This (in my opinion) is why the masses now mistrust science. For years, when we asked "do these pants make me look fat?" science said "no, and in the future, all pants will be flattering!" Now, we ask, and science says "Jesus H. Fuckbomb Christ, your ass is so huge it's in danger of gravitational collapse."
No one wants to hear that. Even if it's the truth.
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