What will be interesting to see is how religion incorporates this knowledge into their myths...<quoted text>
I have heard this one previously, and I've seen the response by folk who really do understand quantum mechanics.
The answer they gave is essentially that we *do* have a pretty good grasp of QM, and one of it's fundamental properties is that at the quantum mechanical level, the universe is both chaotic, random and uncaused.
All at the same time.
There is no real debate about that, among the scientists who are studying this stuff at it's bleeding edge. Nor among the scientists who are trying to develop experimental proof about qm (those lovely men and women who operate the super collider).
So the argument that the universe is a "massive, clockwork machine" is fundamentally false.
Furthermore, from chaos, patterns *can* emerge. I cannot describe it eloquently, but I've been told this from people who's expertise is both statistics and chaos theory. I'll take their word for it, I suppose.
And it appears that our universe is such a thing: an emergent pattern on top of what is basically a chaotic foundation.
It might go like this...
And Lo, so it came to pass, that Koresh, descendant of David, the King of Kings under The Lord*, received a blessing so that every atom would align with the Temple wall.
Six tries at the wall did he fail and suffered grievous injury by Satan repelling him.
But on the 7th try, with great faith in God*, did he pass through that wall.
And The Lord* grinned and saith - Koresh, never play the Powerball lottery for thy has used up all your luck for every drawing until the end of time to perform the miracle I have granted you here today.
And the witnesses were astonished that Koresh's luck held out that he completely passed through the wall and did not get stuck half way between.
*Note: "The Lord" and "God" are not not synonymous in the Old Testament.