I’m always intrigued at how scientists view the nature of science. Most of their words are accurate, but misleading to the general public. They speak as though answers are inevitable. Yet, a scientist knows that while answers in general may be inevitable, what those answers are cannot be predicted and is oftentimes only the result of years of investigation, wrong turns, and leaps of logic. Unfortunately, this language of inevitability is misinterpreted by the public (likely because of their k-12 science experiences) to mean the answers are “out there” we just have to “discover” them. This more simplistic view removes the role of uncertainty and creativity in science.
Unfortunately, getting scientists to “watch their language” is difficult :)