Apropos my recent obsession with science vs. its opposite on the Internet, I really liked this item from Greg Laden: Skeptics: How do you know what to “believe”?
“My car is not running right. I think the elves that make it run have tummy aches.”
And then the mechanic tries to explain that there are no elves in the car, but the person insists.
“You have not seen that there are no elves in the car. And besides when you open the hood the elves become invisible. Anyway, the elves have tummy aches. Fix the tummy aches.” And so on.
That is what many people who are not scientists sound like when they are talking about science.