There are no metaphysical assumptions in science- beyond the very very basic assumption that we can only test what is there to be tested, and that the laws of logic and reason work.
As for language- most science can be and is distilled into more understandable versions for lay people. To the extent specific language is used, it is to deal with things or concepts which are difficult and need precision. Religion obfuscates with ambiguous or poor wording.
Of course- your accusation is that science is like a religion- somehow dogmatic and blinkered. Which is ridiculous. Its a process. And it works. Bitches.
I think thats possibly a fair comment- though the awe that many religions have is for god ratehr than the universe- which they tend to reduce to a construct of a magical sky wizard and deny the age and size of...
Not sure awe of the universe is a religous characteristic as such though. Not int he context it was intended by the poster who was trying to make out that people who like their information to have some facts and evidence are somehow dogmatic...
At the back end of this week, I am trekking from the South West up to Pocklington in Yorkshire, for a lovely weekend of guitar related tomfoolery.
I have decided it is stupid to start a 4h 15m journey on Friday morning as the event starts at 1pm (and I need to check in first). I would therefore have to battle Bristol motorway rush hour traffic adding at least an hour and making for a very early start on a day which is supposed to be relaxed and fun.
So- I thought I'd stop in Brum and visit a couple of places- stay overnight for a Balti and then travel up int he morning. However, I have left it late, and even the Hagley Road Premier Inn is £76. So I was wondering if there was somewhere on route people would recommend as a nice stop - either somewhere lovely to stay but keenly priced (ideally with a pool!) or somewhere that is fun for a bloke on his own to potter round, or have a drink etc before returning to hotel.
Ill probably end up paying the £76 but en route, I could stop at Bromsgrove, Nottingham, Derby or even further north- and still make my planned stops in Brum to visit things.
In fairness there is the overlap to note; homeopathy CAN be dangerous int he sense that (1) people rely on it rather than relying on something which actually could work; and (2) perpetuating folktales and woo encourages the sort of anti vax thinking which is plainly dangerous.
Science is a method for determining whether something is true and finding out more about how things work. No other method is remotely reliable.
It is not a "paradigm". And homeopathy DOES NOT WORK. It is not "reductionist or mechanistic" to base one's views on facts rather tham fiction. Or evidence rather than feelings.
The idea that following sicentific evidence- i.e. testing and seeing what is true before relying on it being so- could ever be "dangerous". This is precisely the sort of woo and nonsense which leads to measles epidemics.
No- false beliefs and claims, in the context of medicine, and enacouraging people to think its okay to believe them is dangerous. This also takes in the anti vaxxing. But you know that and are simply trying to obfuscate.