Not all thoughts fit 140 characters. We have reached a point as a society where our fundamental values are questioned if not endangered. Let me chime in as so many others have about why science matters.
Science reduces suffering through medical discoveries and interventions. I think this should be very easy for all of us to agree on. Numerous discoveries, small and large, have given us unprecedented means to help people who suffer. We must remember that not all science directly and instantaneously leads to a new magic cure. Rather, the self-organized, complex web of scientific endeavors, collaborations, and disagreements provide the foundation for the development of new treatments and cures. I think the main problem here is that we need to be patient and understand that the science today may reduce suffering of our children or grand children. Let's make sure we appreciate that.
Science is (perhaps) the only truly apolitical human activity. The scientific method strives to establish facts about our world and is blind to any type of political inclinations. The last few days have shown us how important it is to have a set of agreed upon facts we can build on and enhance our society. There is no better way to find the truth than a double-blind, randomized controlled scientific study!
Science satisfies our ultimate craving, curiosity. We are born curious which motivates us to learn and develop. Sooner or later external factors unfortunately reduce this curiosity as we grow up. Science is the perfect antidote. Science gives us tools to satisfy our curiosity about us as humans, about our environment, and about the university we live in. Gaining answers satisfies our curiosity and enlightens us.