Science has played an important role in shaping the world into what it is today. It's allowed people to explain and understand our environment and can be seen as the most reliable source of obtaining knowledge about said environment.Yet, despite how much of an influence science has had on our environment and ideas – there are many individuals who don't trust science and instead use alternative methods to gain knowledge about the world and help them explain and understand world phenomena.This essay will explore the reasons why people trust and distrust science.I will go on to discuss, as per my own judgment, on how far individuals ought to trust science. I will further discuss the extent science played during this covid19 pandemic and how individuals in society responded to the information provided by scientists during this time. Science has played a variety of roles in society. It's improved the quality of people's lives,created new knowledge and improved current education. This has only been possible due to the fact that people have had some trust in science.Pearcy (1990:1) states how philosophers such as Aristotle claimed that the first people to investigate natural events were ancient philosophers Thales,Anaximander and Anaximenes back in 6th century. It is for this reason that many individuals trust science.As it goes on to illustrate how science has been prominent and impactful in our societies for centuries. Individuals tend to trust that which they are familiar with and which has proven to work for them in the past – science has been that kind of source of knowledge for many. The earliest inventions made by science are still relevant today which goes to prove how the scientific method works over time. Oreskes (2019:15-68) also mentions how science is trusted in communities because of its social character. The scientific community operates in such a way that scientists only accept a scientific theory once consensus has been reached amongst them.This ensures that hypotheses are properly verified through observation before they're accepted as theories. Individuals trust science because the scientific method provides reliable and verifiable knowledge. Lastly, science is progressive in nature. Pearcy(1990:2) retells how one of science best attributes is that as nature changes over the years – scientists discover new elements about the environment and improve them. This makes people trust science as it shows how it's not stagnant and actually moves with the times to accommodate and explain new information and certain events about the environment. Yet,despite it's obviously impactful role in science there are many individuals who are still sceptical and are hesitant in trusting science.One of the reasons individuals have to not trusting science is that the scientific community lacks consensus. Oreskes (2019:69-146) mentions how the scientists themselves often disagree amongst themselves and don't reach consensus regarding a certain scientific theory and states how this might be a result of the lack of diversity within the community. Scientists that make up the scientific community don't represent the diverse values,social strandings,sexual orientation,backgrounds,race of global population. Scientists were mainly white heterosexual males.Thus,they investigate and accept hypotheses that reflect their own perspectives and ideas. Another reason people distrust science is because of how scientists disregard evidence to suit the methods they prefer. Oreskes (2019:69-146) states how scientists dismiss certain scientific evidence due to how messy it is or choose a particular method knowing that it will yield certain results. People then tend to be of the opinion that scientific data can and is often manipulated and thus lose trust in it. The last reason people tend to distrust science is the fact that many scientific theories have been falsified over the years once new discoveries about the environment have been made. Oreskes (2019:69-146) mentions The Limited Energy Theory which was a theory that was widely accepted which aimed to prove how women shouldn't be educated as when doing so they used up energy which could've been allocated to reproductive organs. Oreskes states how the theory was later proven incorrect and how there are many others like it which were falsified.People thus tend to distrust science due to the fact that scientific theories are not definite and trusting science has led to detrimental effects for many individuals e.g. The hormonal birth control and its link to depression. The abovementioned reasons can leave one confused, not knowing whether it's a good reason to trust or distrust science, understandably so too. While,I understand why antisciencists distrust science – lack of diversity,consensus amongst scientists and is not definite. I still believe that science is important and the benefits that it provides society are worth it's disadvantages.Science ought to be trusted but only to a certain extent.Individuals need to understand that science evolves and information accepted today may not be accepted as new discoveries are made daily. The debate of whether individuals ought to trust or not trust science became prominent during the recent covid19 pandemic. States like the USA and UK which had the best scientists the world had to offer handled the outbreak of covid19 the worst. This is a result of how individuals in said countries – leaders and ordinary citizens – did not have faith in science. For example, Donald Trump and his administration dismissed overwhelming scientific data that stated the existence and effects of the virus.While others like China immediately created research centers in order to treat and cure the virus. The reactions of these different countries illustrates how divided the world is when it comes to its beliefs about science. Individuals’ scepticism towards science and refusal to accept scientific theories is not only a result of people's lack of faith in science but also because they allow other elements of societies to influence science. For example, Trump and his administration allowed politics to take precedence over science calling the virus the “China virus" and launching a personal attack on China instead of combating the virus. Science is the best verifiable source of obtaining knowledge about nature and the diseases that affects all organisms in it. Yet, many individuals still prefer alternative sources of obtaining knowledge such as religion due to the fact that they don't trust science. In conclusion,this essay has discussed, in depth,the reasons why people ought to trust science such as that it's verifiable through observation,it's existed for many years and is progressive and also that people are familiar with the methods and lastly that scientific theories are only accepted once consensus is reached amongst scientists in scientific community. The reasons why science ought to not be trusted were also discussed in depth, such as that science lacks diversity, methods can be manipulated/evidence disregarded and lastly that scientific information is not definite and changes with new discoveries introduced into the world. I also elaborated on why I trust science despite some of the abovementioned reasons and provided advice as to the extent other individuals need to trust science too. Lastly, I explored the reaction of individuals in society during the covid19 outbreak and how it illustrates the constantly evident divide in society of those that trust science and those that don't.