“Science” used to simple. One would develop a hypothesis, test that using experiments designed to gather data, analyze the results, then confirm/alter/deny hypothesis. It was easy and apolitical.
Then, just like everything, liberals ruined it by deciding to co-opt the discipline because they needed one more rhetorical tool to make political hay. Now we are supposed to “trust science” when it promotes the left wing agenda. And if the facts are inconvenient to that agenda it is “junk science” or “not generally accepted science” or “not peer reviewed” or some other non-sense. Or another trick is when the left needs something to justify their policy push, they have one of their adherents in academia come up with a “study” to support the conclusion.
Now “science” is just another stupid talking point in our over polarized world.