The state of science is a complex topic. As I discussed with Justin Ramsdell in episode 359, science is a system of inquiry that moves us closer to truths that improve our lives and our understanding of the universe. It's not an alternative belief system, but a method for learning objective truths about the world around us, while also protecting those truths against our own cognitive biases.
However, as Neil deGrasse Tyson pointed out in episode 521, there's a misconception that science is just a body of knowledge that one can take or leave. In reality, science is a fundamentally different activity that decodes what is objectively true in the world, and these truths exist outside of personal opinions, politics, religion, culture, or economics.
Yet, as Mick West noted in episode 363, understanding science can be challenging for many. Concepts like electromagnetic radiation or the nature of atoms can be difficult to grasp, and as a result, some people may latch onto simpler, but often misleading or false, ideas.
In summary, the state of science is that it's a powerful tool for understanding the world, but it's often misunderstood or misrepresented, which can lead to misinformation and pseudoscience.