Scientists are the new world philosophers.
Consider the illusion of control.
People with high socioeconomic status or people who came from cultures where power and influence were highly regarded are more likely to think that they are better at predicting the future.
An amusing side effect of this is that people will fear death less when they have a college degree.
Also, the higher your education is, the less you believe in a supernatural omnipresent omnipotent deity in control of your destiny.
Education makes you an athiest of sorts.I wont draw the other obvious conclusion here, because I might be wrong.
Power breeds the illusion of certainty, when in reality, events that occur are not fully under our control and have a certain degree of unpredictability in them.
Scientists are the new world philosophers, because of their ability to question and quantify in better ways what erstwhile philosophers used to do.