Hey guys just here to offer my two cents.
First of all, science like any other medium accumulating knowledge is not totally objective and is constrained by its own motives and views that render it a hindrance to discover anything innovative. Being a big science fanatic myself, i actually seem to be more of a post modernism thinker(though not really) and see that science operates also a fallacy of a system which claim that this scientific method is absolutely universal. As a matter of fact, if one reads Paul Feyerbends writings on science, it adopts a stance that doesn't dispense science as a ignorant tool but exploits of his inherent flaws that invaded it in the last few centuries. It operates solely on one particular method which is no truer than Buddhists method of discerning and investigating. So please we have to exclude science as the ultimate goal that Buddhism now has to rely on and of course no is saying that. Science like anything and this can be especially seen through philosophy and art, must be progressed thoroughly to accomplish anything.
I do find it immensely beneficial that science does investigate its claims and see if they are genuinely true. However, this extremely difficult due to the fact that concepts like Nibbana,rebirth etc can be experienced subjectively and cannot be brought to world view terms. One of the things i believe meditators and researchers should develop is that if we do acquire these states or even Nirvana, then they should investigate to elucidate it clearly as its presented and see how it applies to our world. For example, many speak of Nirvana as having no thoughts but to the extent of reason and what science has stated so far, this is not true. Actually, it seems that Buddhas description is fairly accurate and non contradictory. I don't think we should place the hands of fate of Buddhism or Dhamma into sciences hand when its still permeated by a materialistic world view.
Also, Buddha himself though extraordinary in his teachings, wasn't the only man to discover something that was well ahead of his time. Mencius and a pre Socratic philosopher(forgot the name) believed in a theory in which organisms can adapt to the variation of their environment........hmmmm sound familiar?
There a few other examples but all in all, may all beings be well and happy/
WIth mettta, mike