Science-Antiscience Predictions for 2007
Seems like everyone else is making predictions for 2007, so I thought I'd post a few of my own:
(1) Florida becomes a battleground for the ID/creationism versus evolution argument. The State of Florida has set 2007 as the year for the revision of its state science standards. The DISCO institute and other socio-political and religious organizations have amassed along the borders (so to speak) and are certainly planning action in Florida similar to the efforts they made in Ohio and Kansas. The saving grace in Florida may be that the Dover case hangs like an albatross on the ID'ers necks and the Discovery Institute (head church of the ID movement) is in some disarray over how to proceed given the legal setback of Dover and the political defeats in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
(2) The Creation museum opens in Kentucky to the praise of Answers in Genesis. Millions of visitors will be misinformed about physics, geology, paleontology, chemisty, astronomy, theology and anthropology. That they will pay for this misinformation is the saddest thing of all!
(3) New wars on science will be forwarded by the Bush administration and the republicans.
(4) Global warming will be on the front pages of journals, magazines etc and the controversy will remain largely political.
(5) New evolutionary discoveries will be made by real scientists and then summarily dismissed by the ID/creationists.
(6) We will see no new science from the Discovery Institute.
(7) Bill Dembski will slide further into self-absorbed fantasies about the immminent demise of evolution. He will continue to embarass the Discovery Institute and will likely (quietly) be relegated to a lesser role.
That's a good start.