According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, the definition of science is “knowledge attained through study or practice,” or “knowledge covering general truths of the operation of general laws, esp. as obtained and tested through scientific method [and] concerned with the physical world.”
I am assuming you mean science in the traditional sense as “break-through technologies and other such advancements”. Some very religious cultures ignore science by simply living amongst their own and living a simple life. Such communities might be Amish – they live simple lives in accordance to their religious beliefs.
Others might be against science because though they appreciate the benefits, they see that in the wrong hands, science may lead to destruction: Nuclear Warfare, Bio-warfare etc.
I think the main reason people ignore scientific discoveries is fear. With environmental science, there is often resistance to the idea that humans could be capable of hurting the Earth because then humans become responsible for their actions. This can be a daunting expectation for people to accept that they need to change their behavior. Many scientific discoveries of all kinds demonstrate a major change in how we think about the world around us, and that can be a scary thing.
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