Science is a tool intended to help humanity, to increase our prosperity and enhance our positive freedom. The spirit of science is the mindset which seeks to use this tool this way, and which admires and respects it where it serves humanity.
True science is the province of the active people, especially where we engage in our own democratic work, toward our own individual and community weal, unalienated by any anti-human system. The vast majority of science is done in the active labor field, usually by regular people without any formal, specifically “scientific” training. The best example of this is ten thousand years of practical agronomic science performed by regular farmers, as part of their day-to-day work. In modern times this scientific foundation has been supplemented by a great amount of more formal scientific work, with the result that the science of agroecology and organic farming now stands as the most fully researched and developed, demonstrated, and ready-for-deployment science of all. Organic agriculture stands ready as science at the pinnacle of potential human benefit. It was built primarily by the people, it’s the province of the people, and it shall be deployed by the people, from the bottom up, in accord with the need of the people.
But the corporate/government system says science only trickles down from formally accredited cadres. Only such credential-holders can participate in scientific analysis, from which all political policy must then flow, in the form of technocracy. Anyone outside this system process who disagrees with this and rejects it is by definition acting against science.
The truth is the opposite. True science, practical science, starts with experimentation which leads to empirical success. Thus for ten thousand years farmers have proven themselves by far the most successful scientists of the human project. Meta-knowledge of empirically established truth can then follow. Therefore in science induction leads the way, with deduction then later building upon that. Those who deny this, like the “pure” (i.e. pro-corporate) scienticians of today, are merely engaging in a version of being born on third base and claiming they hit a triple.
So science starts with and builds upon what works. At every point it follows the empirical evidence. By contrast, today’s corporate scientism (including the vast majority of credentialed technicians) starts by deducing from corporatist ideology and the profit imperative, pre-emptively promulgates “conclusions” like “GMOs are equivalent to regular crops and are therefore safe”, and then denies all the contrary empirical evidence that follows. Publicity of the evidence is left to un-credentialed citizens, who of course have already been disenfranchised and relegated to the official unscience and anti-science category.
This remains true no matter how much the evidence and therefore science itself reject lies like “GMOs increase yield” or “GMOs reduce pesticide and herbicide use” or best of all “GMOs are needed to feed the world”.
Thus we have a final conflict between true, human science, and prostituted corporate anti-science. As I said, most of the professionals are on the side opposed to humanity and the earth.
This struggle between science and anti-science is in turn one of the array of battlefields comprising the final war between humanity and neo-feudal corporatism.