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What the Bleep Do We Know?


This is a wonderfully peculiar combination of a PBS science program meets new age self-help video. That’s right, a part how-to, part drama, part talking head special spiced with interviews with real philosophers, delivering practical advice on how to deal with this bombshell: that the reality of atoms is something we construct in our heads. This movie is shot straight and sincere but I can’t remember a film more trippy. It’s an odd kinda-documentary. In addition to very well-edited interviews with world class physicists and cosmologists, and classy NOVA-ish special effects, we get the meaning of things as channeled by the legendary psychic Rama — all the while weaving through a fictional story of a deaf photographer coming to terms with her handicap. Yep. Bizarre! Corny! Magical! Thought provoking! The bottom line of the film is the late-night thought that we’re making reality up! It needs all kinds of strangeness to keep this argument going in daylight, but it is worth the ride.

— KK

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What the Bleep Do We Know?
2004, 90 min.
Directed by Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente
$18, DVD

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Posted November 18, 2005 at 5:00 am | comments

  • Edison Duran

    Dear Mr. Kelly,

    I have been following your blog for a while, and I always have been surprise and intellectually stimulated by the ideas you present in it. But today I feel really disappointed about this post and your comments on it. As a physics bachelor, I can’t believed that you said this “mockumentary” is “worth” watching and that it presents “world class physicists and cosmologists”. This is probably the worst ever interpretation of quantum physics and the most misleading video I ever saw in my life. The amount of “crap” thrown by the people interviewed there puts a new level. In my opinion, this is not a pseudoscience video, It is a sect recruiting video from “Rhamta”. I agree with you that it is “Thought provoking”, but in my case, to think about why smart people can be fooled so easily.

  • Artem Zhiganov

    With all due respect to Mr Kelly I must admit Edison’s comment is a fair stone cast at the Achilles syndrome of entheogen-powered cyberspace pioneers – led by sincere spiritual optimism ignited by people like Robert Anton Wilson, these baby boomers ironically got trapped in a manner described by RAW himself: whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover will prove.