I aspire to one day be a scientist (specifically an astrophysicist) and I have been reading up on many novels (like those of Asimov) which look into the development of humanity. I know that our species has an obsession with progress (especially of the scientific sort), as do I. In contrast, I have been surrounded by many religious communities, and this has led me to think that science may be leading us on the wrong foot.
Some may say that our theories are derived from observations; theories involving gravitation have arisen from observations; from the simple (a pencil falling) to the relatively complex (gravitational lensing). Powers of deduction have also ruled out theories that have been viewed as untrue. Yet one could also say that observations have deluded us (one example is the geocentric model; as a species we observed the planets orbiting around us in strange, roughly circular patterns, though this effect was actually caused by the rotation of the Earth) and that reality itself could be misleading or incomprehensible.
Scientists hope to one day (and indeed, already have to some extent) create a unification theory which makes all sciences that have survived philosophical scrutiny compatible. Yet the way in which our minds operate can mislead or flummox us.
Judging by the tendency to believe evidence, the way this evidence is spread and interpreted and the manner in which science operates, are we being led to believe in a lie or are we constantly zeroing in on the truth? Or is there a stranger situation in which humanity operates inside; an ever-changing river of spawning and dying truths caused by chaos and entropy?