Humans create new understandings in our minds to explain phenomenon we don’t yet understand. With the right methods, we can learn a little something more about each other and our environments.
However, with abstraction there is the possibility of becoming so far removed
from reality in our thoughts and actions, that the results of our opinions and behavior can become
detrimental to the function of our societies.
Science is a natural ability that came about from the need to check our abstractions
with the observable world of reality we all share.
Done well, scientific investigation prevents us from spiraling into delusion on a mass scale.
And that is important.