One of the major problems with public understanding of science is exactly the ridiculous idea that somehow science as a human enterprise is supposed to be immune from the aspects of human nature that permeate all other human enterprises. If people understood that–like all human enterprises–science involves people and their messy motivations, things like ZOMFG!!CLIMATE CHANGE HOAX!!111!!ELEVENTY!11!! would have no legs. What science has going for it as a means of making sense of objective reality is that it has intrinsic mechanisms that render it relatively robust over time in the face of perturbations that derive from the less desirable aspects of human nature.