Curiosity drives science, not the scientific method
I like science, but dislike the religious zeal of its adherents. Their childish naïvety equating what cannot be measured (yet!) to what does not exist. That what cannot be spoken of, does not exist.
Science has happened, under various names, for ages, without the scientific method. Nor is the current approach infallible: under the coat of rationality lurk “fashion, faith and fantasy” (in the words of Roger Penrose), similar to other human endeavors.
The scientific method is indeed miles ahead of the random flailing about that we did at times in the past, but it is not the end all and be all. Insisting on it smothers the underlying curiosity that really drives science.