Caveat Emptor. In Buddhism, in science, in everything. Anyone taking the words of another as unadulterated truth is going to be disappointed.
Most educated people in the West are moving away from world views based on superstition and faith based mythology. Being the recipient of a modern education they reject superstition and instead seek a better understanding of the world based on an accurate, or as accurate as is humanly possible, representation of objective reality. An understanding of objective reality that is not filtered through the old and now rejected lens of faith, myth and sheer unadulterated fantasy.
With the rise of interest in Buddhism in the west, science based interpretation of the dhamma is only going to become MORE prevalent not less. Lamenting the arising of science based interpretation of the dhamma (no matter how flawed) is not going to invalidate observations gained through that lens of understanding. The only thing it will achieve is to turn potentially interested western readers away from Buddhism.
If proponents of Buddhism wish to engage westerners who are completely disillusioned by myth based interpretations of the world then science is actually the best tool to do that. Writing reactionary articles bashing people who attempt to do this is only going to turn westerners away from Buddhism, not draw them toward it. At the end of the day these writers are only seeking to understand the world and instigate a discussion using the tools with which they are familiar in order to attempt to do it.
Such reactionary views as those written about above do not help, they are actually an impediment that turns people away from dhamma. Westerners see these sorts of treatises lamenting the intrusion of science into Buddhism as a faith based attack on scientific method, logic and reason, the very methods by which they seek to understand and interpret the world.
Furthermore, scientific method is wholly consistent with the Buddha’s teachings. There is nothing in scientific method that is inconsistent with the Buddhas teachings on how to investigate phenomena.
And while it may well be that profit motive plays a role in the writing of these books that is not to say the writing of the author has no value for the reader. The authors are not monks, they have to earn a living so attacking these treatises because the author is making a living from writing these books does not invalidate any observations and/or speculation about objective reality contained therein.
All it does is highlight a defensive and reactionary stance that views science as the enemy. A negative and oppositional stance. I thought Buddhism was supposed to be a bit more understanding and inclusive and not so openly seeking to promote division and disharmony.
Skeptical westerners who view the world based upon a rational scientific world view will be turned away by this negative attitude. At the end of the day if you are just preaching to the converted in the echo chamber of Buddhist thought then it doesn’t matter. On the other hand if you hope to attract any of those skeptical westerners to Buddhist investigation of the world then this negative article that openly attacks people attempting to develop a nuanced understanding of the world will only serve as an impediment.
Just my five cents worth. Caveat emptor, don’t take any of my words too seriously. Don’t take them as being true or correct. Like the above article and like the original article or book being attacked, they are just views. Don’t take any of it too seriously, it’s not worth getting worked up over.