Nay more, I declare openly that for these uses the philosophy which I bring forward will not be much available. It does not lie in the way. It cannot be caught up in passage. It does not flatter the understanding by conformity with preconceived notions. Nor will it come down to the apprehension of the vulgar except by its utility and effects.--From The New Organon--
Considering that the most "enlightened" members of our government seem sure science is about consensus I would say Bacon's prediction has definitely come to pass.
But beyond that, it's true. How many of our possessions could we make from scratch, could even tell someone how to make?