The problem with Brian and Richard and all the other ultra intelligent rationalist atheists is that whilst they understand that yeah there is wonder and awe to be found in the cosmos and quantum mechanics, they still understand perception and thought in pre-Newtonian mechanistic modes - this is this is that. This goes there. That goes here. It stands to reason that if the Universe, which we are now beginning to understand scientifically speaking is created by our observing it, can be deeply mysterious and contradictory then so can human perception and understanding. For me belief is like a quantum thought experiment. If I know there is a god then there is one or rather one enters into being and equally in turn out of being. However, the greatest paradox and stumbling block between Bri and Dick and those of a cosmic bent is that belief is not binary because it comes from a space before we start to schematize thought into either or compartments. So in short – human thought and perception needs to be afforded equal awe as particles or there is a danger that tub-thumpers and fundamentalists will take over religion and the role of ritual as embodiment of metaphor will be forever lost. Oh what’s that? They have already?
This is the mechanistic view of the world created by the left brain. It is fundamentally flawed to view the brain's hemispheres as having different roles. They do the same things in different ways. The left gives us ultra specific focus, which is what has enabled so much to be achieved scientifically speaking through rigorous processing of data but the right hemisphere gives us the whole rich tapestry into which we can set this data and give it meaning. Meaning is life not a specimen.