philosophy of science : scientists :: ornithology : birdsIs this a strong analogy?
Why should philosophy of science be useful to scientists? Even if philosophy of science is not useful to scientists it doesn't follow that it is utterly useless. To see why, consider fact-checking websites, such as factcheck.org. One might think that such websites are not useful to politicians, for obvious reasons, but that doesn't mean that such websites are utterly useless. They are useful to voters who want to get the facts straight before they decide who to vote for.
Similarly, philosophy of science may be useful to consumers of science, i.e., laypersons who are not experts in science, who want to make informed decisions about what scientific findings are worthy of belief.