OK, so for some reason I just don’t want to read geology and petroleum engineering all semester. Here’s my new idea — which I got after reading Carl Zimmer’s blog posting on Ann Coulter’s book, Godless. How bad is our nation’s science illiteracy? And to what extent do pundits such as Coulter contribute to that illiteracy? In other words, what is the pull to disregard science? I haven’t quite got my question articulated, and I’m wondering if this project qualifies as soft science, whatever that is. Help?!