I can run rings around 98% of the populace in a general scientific understanding and thought, and what gripped me one day, was a realization how tiny is the view, knowledge and understanding of the scientific community. SETI is only one illustration: in spite of many years of extensive scope searching, the skies remain depressingly unintelligent. I would doubt you ever spent much time to examine biblical evidence objectively. Because you fit the scriptural description of the unconvinced and mocking unbeliever quite well. Once you decided it was wrong and science was right, even though you likely had a layman's grasp at best of either, you comforted yourself with the wrong answer.