Very nicely written. So the question… does it really matter whether science is real or not? It doesn’t if you believe this world serves you well; it does if you believe this world doesn’t serve you well. The two perspectives are the difference between states of cognitive maturity and conscious awareness. If our fake science keeps us as a prisoner in samsara, for instance, then yes the legitimacy of science would matter, as would the legitimacy of everything. Science would be viewed as a type of deception.