Over the past 400 years, the scientific method has risen in stature to become the undisputed arbiter of truth in Western civilization. But in the past two decades, just when it appeared that science was universally triumphant, there has been a dramatic rise in both anti-science (typified by unquestioning acceptance of religious revelation) and pseudo-science (typified by political and social activism dressed in the trappings of scientific research). Why is this happening? What are the implications? What is the best way to protect oneself? We’ll fill you in.