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Movie Review: What the Bleep do we know?


Any New Age fanatic who sees this movie will ask himself, 'Why did it take so long to come up with this one? I finally got to satisfy my curiosity about this one, after hearing enough rave reviews from many of my eclectic friends. (I have several.)

This is a part story, part documentary that tells us what most modern metaphysics books like the Tao of Physics or the Dancing Wu Li Masters have said, decades ago. Many astrophysics and quantum mechanical 'experts' appear in this movie, to give us the age old messages:


  • Reality is beyond words. At the quantum level, events happen that cannot be expressed in words. As Gary Zukav elegantly put in in the Dancing Wu Li Masters, the problem is not with our language, the problem IS the language.
  • You cannot observe an experiment without affecting its outcome. This theory is the essence of the Heisenberg uncertainity principle.
  • The cells in your body have memory. If you have an addiction, be it a substance, idea or emotion, it is embedded in your cells and gets passed on to newly created cells.
  • You are only limited by your beliefs.
The problem I have with most of these theories is that they soon have one nodding, even when the most absurd of ideas are presented to them. ( Provided one is not careful.) Take for example, one idea that says that the only reason that you cannot walk on water is that you do not believe you can from 'the core of your being'.

'How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?', asks the movie towards the end.

'Not far enough to loose my head', I said to myself.
This movie is entertaining and watchable. But the viewer is warned to keep her head firmly upon her shoulders.

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