"I am completely baffled by Kurzweil's popularity, and in particular the respect he gets in some circles, since his claims simply do not hold up to even casually critical examination," writes Myers. He says Kurzweil's Singularity theories are closer to a deluded religious movement than they are to science. "It's a New Age spiritualism—that's all it is," Myers says. "Even geeks want to find God somewhere, and Kurzweil provides it for them."
My one-word reply: "Poppycock."
Ray Kurzweil is respected in futurist circles because he is one of the world's preeminent scholars regarding technological trends, particularly in his field of artificial intelligence.
And his research is completely legitimate science. (Which is obviously not to say that he is never wrong!)
If P.Z. Myers wishes to debate the matter, I'd be happy to do it here, or on his blog, or anywhere.