science is the modern world's new superstition
This is truer than many people would like to admit, especially highly educated folks. I saw this a lot when I was an undergraduate. There were various members of the faculty at MIT that would loudly proclaim their understanding and mastery on various aspects of natural science. I always viewed this with some suspicion, and I always appreciated the professors who would get to a certain point and say "and we just don't understand how it works here"
Very much the case. Watch coverage of various "hot button" political issues that look to science for their backing arguments (from any side of the spectrum; this seems to be an equal opportunity thing) - and watch for arguments you might call "Scientific Argument by Assertion", or "My Expert is better than Your Expert".