I recently attended a training seminar about leadership, and the subject of changing technology and how it changes people's work ethics came up...the old adage of future science and magic being indistinguishable kept popping in my mind...and a few days before that I was listening to Mr Dawkins on YouTube, saying (not a direct quote) that Science got really popular in the mid-century but started to die down again as time progressed, resulting in today's over abundance of religious believers. It occurred to me that maybe the reason for this was that... people like stuff, During the last few decades, we got a lot of stuff due to Scientific research, getting stuff is easy! but as Science went on to bigger things with no real new, revolutionary (and marketable) products coming out...people are reverting back to the easy answer...because understanding science can be difficult and time-consuming. Could be one many variables anyway.