Why bother with science?

Why bother with science?  Here's Matthew Hale's answer from his 1677 Primitive Originations of Mankind:
The first qualification in the choice of Object [of contemplation and study] is, that it be noble and worthy of the Faculty that is employed about it. ... I do not blame the pursuit of the Works of Nature, even in the Contemplation of the smallest Works thereof; for though the things themselves are comparatively low, and inconsiderable, yet even in the smallest Vegetable or Animal, even in the very little Insects, there appears the excellent Work of the Divine Wisdom, and therefore there is a worth and excellency in the Contemplation of them ....
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