Science by its very nature is insular. In general, chemists read and write about chemistry, biologists read and write about biology, and physicists read and write about physics. But they may all be competing for the same research dollar (in its broadest sense). Thus, if scientists wanted more money for themselves, they might decide to compete unfairly. The way they can do this is convince the funding agencies that they are more important than any other branch of science. If the funding agencies agree, it could spell difficulty for the remaining sciences.
The physics community tends to use guesswork in their estimates of physical properties. How many reliable estimates of the age of the universe have there been? The flaws with Einsteins special theory of relativity have been called paradoxes. How many other physicists have had their bad ideas given such lavish treatment? Has this gone on in other branches of science? Physicists call Einsteins inconsistencies paradoxes. Other scientists would just call them inconsistencies, or, quite possibly, mistakes.
The media has been duped by the physics community. The physics community has created the myth that the only science worth doing is physics. They believe that space is the final frontier and they believe that they are best qualified to study the major issues of the day. The only problem is this: Space is not the final frontier; the mind is the final frontier and physicists are poorly equipped to speak to this issue. Try as they may to invoke the image of a quantum conscience, they will never be able to speak to issue of spirtuality without being spirtual beings.