Now obviously I just don’t get the anti-intellectualism thing or really any aspect of anti-science, pseudo-science schtick or anything like it. Part of this comes down to the fact that all people are, at the real heart of things, logical beings. Or at least they are capable of acting logically and of doing so completely unconsciously.
Science is really just a set of rules for producing logical deductions and assessing evidence. Obviously at the academic level it becomes rather complex and fiddly, but day to day life throws up all manner of situations where logic rules and the basics of science – testing ideas and eliminating possibilities is really at the crux of what is happening.
If your light goes out you check to see if the TV is still working. If it is, then the electricity if fine, but a quick check of the fuse box also shows nothing has blown). You get a bulb from another room which you know works and swap that with the other one. It still doesn’t work. To make sure you put that vacated bulb into the now vacant socket and it comes on. So the electricity is not the problem and the bulb is not the problem. It’s going to be the switch, so time to take that out and check it.
You don’t even thing about this, but these are hypotheses being tested one at a time (power, bulbs, switches) and keeping the others the same as a control. Some things are back-checked to ensure that there are no mistakes and to add more evidence. This is the scientific process in microcosm, so how people are unable to appreciate it at a simply larger scale is utterly beyond me. But it does beget a small crumb of smug satisfaction that I know that anyone who attempts to disparage science or claims not to understand it or that the process is flawed is, deep down, a scientist themselves.