What the $%&@# Do We Know?
So, what the $%#& do we know? For starters, we know the movie by (approximately) that name is pure unadulterated crap. There’s a new one out, from the same people: What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole. In case you missed these films, let me give you a quick overview: they use and abuse quantum physics in order to push their feel-good metaphysical agenda and present it as fact. They even feature Ramtha, the ancient spirit who apparently inhabits a delusional American woman.
Dennis Overbye has written a very good overview of the movies and their tenuous grasp of science, which you can read here.
When it comes to physics, people seem to need to kid themselves. There is a presumption, Dr. Albert said, that if you look deeply enough you will find “some reaffirmation of your own centrality to the world, a reaffirmation of your ability to take control of your own destiny.” We want to know that God loves us, that we are the pinnacle of evolution.
How sadly true. This overwhelming need for purpose in a random universe has fostered ignorance throughout the centuries, and continues to do so today. Creationists, psychic detectives, and cults all feed on this problem, and it needs to be stopped.
With these movies, the movement toward ignorance gains strength by associating itself with science and knowledge. They are forcing their way into pop culture — let’s not allow them in. If we can show mainstream audiences that reality offers something to wonder at, something to take comfort in, maybe we can be rid of the superstitions that are holding our society back.