Pseudoscience is embraced, it might be argued, in exact proportion as real science is misunderstood…Religions are often the state-protected nurseries of pseudoscience.
From The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.
He goes on to say that religion need not be involved in the propagation of pseudoscience — it happens anyway, naturally, just based on the fact that we can’t know science if we are not taught science. It’s not innate knowledge. The subtitle of Sagan’s book quoted above is “Science as a candle in the dark.” This is the point that is so important and so rarely comprehended: science has given us SO much. We live like kings because of science. The scientific method is one of the greatest inventions of humankind and it has paid ridiculous rewards to humanity.
Science is not the answer to everything but nor is it ever our enemy.