If God is ONE, why are there so many religions?
To me, the fact that there are so many religions is one of the major pieces of evidence that there most likely is not god.
Other pieces of evidence come from the random variation one finds within the core genetics of living systems.
It seems very clear to me that the whole idea of god is an invention of human culture, that in the early days, when we lacked all the evidence sets from physics and chemistry and biology and systems about how the world we experience most likely came to be as it is, seemed to make sense to most people.
Today, for me, it makes sense only in this historical context.
For me it seems highly improbable that there are any sort of gods, singular or plural.
For me, the reality seems to be that each and every one of us are amazingly powerful entities, and our conscious awareness is only the tiny tip of a vast computational iceberg that exists within us, that is so much greater than our consciousness that it seems very godlike when we get into states that allow us to experience it.
It seems to me that the idea of god persists for several reasons.
One reason is the tendency of cultures to replicate into new members, in that young children tend to absorb the culture of their birth without question. Many cultures come with strong strictures against questioning the idea of god (things like excommunication, and social rejection, eternal damnation, burning in hell or even execution in some Moslem cultures). So with such incentives, there are not that many people who have both the strength of questioning, and the resilience against social isolation, that manage to break free of such ideas, and some do.
Once one gets outside of the paradigm, and starts to view systems as systems, the view is very different, the experience of being is very different.
And one needs to transcend the initial binary distinctions of culture, like right/wrong, true/false, before one can make a clean transition into a paradigm based on probability distributions at all levels. And there is a strong tendency in all brains to revert to early patterns when under stress, so stress tends to deliver binary judgements (the mechanisms of this are clear from a systems perspective, and are a great incentive to learn effective tools to prevent the experience of “stress”).
There is a very interesting TED talk by Ben Ambridge about some of the myths in society.
Consider for example the 2012 Olympic shot put – only 10 of the 40 men competing threw further than the best woman competing. So 99.999+% of men could not throw a shot as far as the best woman, most nations in the world had no man who could out-throw Valerie Adams.
And for most of my time at school I was one of those boys that 90% of girls same age could out throw (not so now).
The left right brain thing is much more myth than reality – and it is a very limiting myth if believed – it constrains understanding in so many ways.