I'm a believer in letting readers get the last word in, so I won't respond here except to say one thing: As is the case in the debate in our little world over the feasibility of molecular manufacturing, it's far too easy to present a cartoon misrepresentation of the opposition, and then proceed to tear apart the fiction of your own creation. Having straddled the worlds of science and religion all my personal and professional life, it's frustrating to read the words of allegedly science-oriented people who clearly have no knowledge, themselves, of what religion means to many people. It seems like they should investigate before they write. Isn't that what they do for a living?
I'm not talking about the religious institutions clearly responsible for keeping mankind in the dark for centuries, but about the internal investigations that produce a "spiritual" feeling even among some of the most-brilliant scientists of this enlightened age. But, yes, it's much easier to dismiss any mention of religion as silly superstition. That way, you don't have to challenge yourself. Doesn't sound very scientific to me, though.
So, anyway, it's my fault. These are difficult concepts to communicate, so the fault lies with the communicator (me), and not the reader. These ideas have been a running theme through much of my writing since I was a kid, so every now and then you're likely to see a few of them bubbling to the surface on this very-public notebook of mine.
I did see a movie last night, called "What the Bleep do We Know," that addresses some of the issues that I touched on in NanoKabbalah -- the idea of quantum mechanics ultimately changing all of our assumptions of the nature of matter and our concept of God. The movie was a little frustrating for me to watch, though, since it went too far into some New Age stuff that was too flaky even for my tastes. Still, I recommend it for anybody who is curious and wants to learn a little more.
I guess I did just try to get in the last word. Kabbalists, like Buddhists, believe you should check your ego at the door. Looks like I have a long way to go.