I agree, nice posting nomuse. Christpher Ferro, I think I understand what you are saying. But I think that it is a leap from not understanding science (because of lack of education or ability) to not trusting science. For example, I have never taken a dance course in my life and I can barely walk down the street without tripping over my own two feet. But I still can appreciate dance and I don't question that it is not humanly possible because I can't do it.
There are plenty of people on this board who are not scientists and admit limited ability in it (for whatever reason). But they don't automatically assume science is lying to them. I think there is another factor going on here.