I haven't been able to write much recently due to a recurrence of tendonitis in my wrist, a repetitive stress injury from writing and typing too much. I expect this to be temporary; in the sense that it has always gone away before, with enough rest and ice. (Which is like the smoker who said to an ex-smoker, you've only quit once; I've quit hundreds of times!)
On a brighter note, I'm also being distracted by job interviews for tenure-track faculty positions at two excellent UC schools (Berkeley & Santa Barbara). I will not call these permanent positions since such permanence is to be found only in Heaven: life is short. But it would still be nice to settle down for a few decades... Anyway, these are very exciting places for physics research, and I would be extremely pleased to get an offer from either of them!
I've still got plenty of the content you love planned, once I'm past these issues! There's a series on "Comparing Religions" that's almost done, so I might be able to get that out without too much more typing.
I apologize to anyone whose questions I haven't answered; I'll email you if I ever get around to it. But it was nice to see the conversation continue for a while without my needing to continually stoke it. I will continue to read and moderate the discussion, so you are free to continue talking amongst yourselves...
I...I...I...I...I... Is death really necessary, just for us to come to an end of our continual self-absorption?