True. It’s very much a toxic culture that I admit even I was very keen on in my youth. People have a reverence for their conception of “science”, i.e. journal papers, imaging, stats, fanciful language instead of an actual desire to know the truth. It’s a common mentality you see, not just in academia, but all over the internet and it’s still going strong. Only when things happen to people in their own life, do those experiences bring them down to earth and out of scientistic mental masturbation. It isn’t something that can be adequately conveyed via language. It has to be felt. In your bones.