Here’s a note from a colleague in the biological sciences:
I’ve been following this issue off and on for about 20 years, but I haven’t been in the thick of it like you. Has it ever been this hot in the scientific community or the public at large? I get the sense we have entered into a completely new realm, one from which there will be no return. It seems the activation energy for a generation-long, painful, Kuhnian shift has been ignited.
I don’t know, but I can’t see this going back to the same old status again. When university presidents have to make long-winded appeals for faculty to bring everyone back into line. When dismissal and denigration are seemingly the first and second strategies of DE’s defenders, and when the conversation is going on at all levels, something it seems has changed.
Here’s what I wrote back:
I could see this furor spending itself in the academy if there were nothing to keep it going. But I don’t see the public policy/educational interest in this subject going away. Moreover, there are too many young people who find the arguments for ID compelling and will not be cowed with easy dismissals.