The great impasse in empirical science was reached early in the 20th century when quantum mechanics was first being developed.
Science needs its critics as much as any field of human endeavor does. Maybe even more so today.
Scientism is the belief that only the hard sciences can provide any reliably true knowledge.
“I fought … tooth and nail on the question whether Wikipedia articles should dismiss [ID] and other nonstandard scientific theories without a hearing.”
Yet a lot of people out there still think Wikipedia is meaningfully “vetted” and if you find an inaccuracy, you can “Update it then. That’s the entire point.”