In my opinion, the problem with science in America is the behavior of people within the scientific community.
What Neil fails to address are the inflated egos, rampant arrogance, corruption, falsehoods, fraud, assumptions, philosophy presented as fact (that which goes beyond science), closed mindedness, suppression of a dissenting minority, politics, bias, and the wealth motivation.
The scientific community only has itself to blame for the loss of respect and their rejection because the community has become a faith system… really a militant religion based on pseudoscience.
Even Neil’s own words reveal the reality of the problem. He is a mouth piece of science propaganda.