Scientific knowledge: Beliefs produced by
scientific methods, that are not
known to be false, that explain some
facts for which no better scientific
explanations are known, that are supported by evidence, and that are capable of
Especially the last feature of scientific
knowledge is characteristic for it:
Whatever is a matter of mere faith only works, if at all, for believers in
the faith, and is never of a technological kind, i.e. a human artefact that
works whatever one's beliefs about how to produce it.
Real science produces real technology that works irrespective of faith; faith
produces illusions that only hold for the
believers in them.
Note that "scientific methods" covers both the specific methodology of some science or sciences, that may be quite sophisticated, and may involve scientific instruments (microscopes, thermometers a.s.o.), and also covers mathematics, logic, probability theory and statistics, and indeed also knowledge of jargon and of dictionary meanings of terms.