My answer is a qualified yes. Certainly our quality of life has improved since the enlightenment and application of physical science is an important part of this. And I don’t think that “truths” promulgated by religious elites millennia ago are helpful for us today. But I do think the humanities: art, history, music and so forth speak to us of our basic humanity and are important and useful.
As we move toward sustainable ways of life; choosing our path will require thought and use of evidence. The sciences and arts will help us find ways. This article introduces the Institute of Cross Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth. The article is an intriguing look at the conversation between: students, scientists, artists and philosophers, exploring this kind of question.
Science seems to give us a clean path from its claims to their vindication. Fire a rocket in just the right way, says science, and in a year it will get to Mars.