I, of course, do not deny the existence of science, but let’s just spin the hypothetical.
Let’s say I am an a-scientist, that is, I believe there is no such thing as science. I only believe in things that can walk right up to me and say, “Howdy, I’m science.”
You say, “But, that’s absurd, of course there’s science. Everybody knows that, people have done science for centuries.”
I say, “Then give me the evidence. Point to science.”
You point to science books. You point to science papers. You point to scientists.
I say, “Tsk, of course science books and papers will say there is science. You need to go outside of science and prove that science exists. You just want to believe there is science and you read things that tell you it exists to build up your belief. I’m a free-thinker, I can form my own truth. Of course someone who calls himself a scientist will say that science exists. Stop treating me like I’m ignorant.”
You scratch your head, shrug, make one of the upside-down smiley faces with the slanted eyebrows of distress, and try to think of something to say.
“Well, what evidence do you have that science does not exist.”
I say, “For crying out-loud, I read what the free-thinking a-scientists write. They are not conformed and blinded by your dogma, they can each decide for themselves what is true, and they have demolished all arguments that say that science exists. It’s just make-believe, and you are doggedly determined to believe in make-believe and force all the rest of us to believe in it too.”
You inquire, “But wouldn’t it be better to read what the people who actually study science publish and at least see if they are wrong or right?”
I say, “I have, and they are all the same. They tell you what to think. I have met lots of scientists who swindled me, who lied, nasty bunch of fellows indeed. They just want to control people’s minds. Greedy scientists are the ones who brought us weapons and ammunition, nuclear bombs and false hopes in cures.”
“But,” you say, “okay, there are bad scientists and dangerous things have been developed by science. I’m asking, though, if you’ve read what science itself has to say, what people down through time have learned and agreed upon, predicted and observed to be true. Have you read about scientific laws and tried them out, tested them for yourself? Don’t you see all the good science has brought to mankind?”
With a heavy sigh, “Of course your sources tell you that. Here we go again…”
So your distress face turns to a meh face, and you just go on with science, learning and exploring new things about the world, searching for truth.
I stomp my foot, toss back my hair, congratulate myself assuredly for winning another debate. Then I go back to my lab where I draw squiggles and give them names, publish my findings in books that other a-scientists rave about and use as proof there is no science (even as I use things science has brought me to do so).
And I never get beyond the question of whether science exists or not.
For as surely as I can say it or think it…
Science does not exist and you can’t prove otherwise.
That’s what atheists sound like to me.