It's a Sunday morning. I'm working on a piece of art while the classic movie "War of the Worlds" is playing in the background. I'm a big fan of the science fiction films of the '50s and '60s. Compared to today's blockbuster films with tons of CG effects, they might seem primitive--all effects were done with models, stop-motion animation, and in-camera procedures. I don't know--I love them. Maybe it's nostalgia, since I grew up watching the old monster movies on television.
One thing those old films had in common, though: Scientists were the heroes. The military takes a crack at destroying whatever threat they are up against, but it's the scientists who invariably save the day by applying the scientific method."War of the Worlds", "THEM", "The Thing From Another World", "When Worlds Collide", etc.
Contrast the respect for science in those films with the contempt many of today's politicians and laymen express.
Hopefully, that will be turned around. Application of science and critical thinking are the only thing that can save humanity.