What the BLEEP Do We Know?

[This post has been moved to Thinking-Critically.com]


Updated: 6/22/2008

Over on PZ Meyer’s blog, Pharyngula, was a new post today, “Before there was Expelled…“. Seeing this post by PZ, I was of course drawn back to my own “review” (this post for those of you reading who are a bit slow on the uptake), and I noticed the videos I had embeded from google are no longer working, so I will attempt to find this movie online again, and update this post with that.

Also, I would like to mention how much traffic PZ’s blog can generate with a timely and relevent link as posted in a comment there. In the 5 hours since I posted my comment on his blog, I have had double the number of hits on this post that had come in the previous 2+ months since I originally posted this.

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About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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5 Responses to What the BLEEP Do We Know?

  1. Everything is energy says:

    This movie rocks!

    [Edited by Admin to remove link to psuedo-science “energy” website]

  2. jasonhenle says:

    I bought the Quantum Edition of What the Bleep do we know. Thinking positively can encourage a healthy lifestyle. However, quantum physics does not work that way at all. Quantum weirdness only exists on the microscopic level, when you zoom out the macroscopic world, any weirdness dissipates. Any positive things that happen to you, are not magical. Also, thinking positively is an extremely dangerous substitution for medicine.

  3. Rodibidably says:

    Jason,

    I remember when I first saw this movie, I did not really understand Quantum Mechanics. I knew the movie was wrong, but I did not understand just how far from reality it was.

    The problem with this movie IMO is that somebody who knows very little (or nothing) about Quantum Mechanics may find this movie compelling, and believe it. This could easily lead to a situation where somebody “hopes” or “thinks” about a cure for some issue and ignores the advice of professionals, or even worse, never goes to a professional at all.

    If you want something good to happen, thinking about it doesn’t hurt, and may help you visualize how to get there, or put you in a good frame of mind to help accomplish your goals, but it does not replace doing the actual hard work to make your ideas happen.

  4. vaidehi patil says:

    why can’t thoughts influence molecules? Or why can’t the numerous so-called pseudoscientific things shown in the movie be true? I am not saying they are true.. but I don’t see why they can’t be either. We must keep our minds open to newer explanations and reasonings and give them a good thought impartially before negating them like this. The foundation of quantum physics has problems. It is still not a fully understood science. I appreciated that the movie having a different take on things and it didnt seem too illogical to a lay person like me. Each one to his own..

    • Jeff Randall says:

      “why can’t thoughts influence molecules?”
      Well there is no mechanism by which this could theoretically work.
      And there is no evidence of this actually being true.
      Yes it’s true there are many limits to what we know, but without some explanation of HOW it works or some examples of it working, it’s nothing more than one person’s random idea…

      “Or why can’t the numerous so-called pseudoscientific things shown in the movie be true?”
      Well the same reasons basically. No examples of any of these ideas actually working and no proposed mechanism by which they could work.

      “but I don’t see why they can’t be either.”
      Well in the case of the mind affecting matter, it would defy quite a few things we understand about the laws of physics.
      That does not imply our understanding of physics could not potentially be flawed, but if somebody is going to put forward an idea that overturns so much of what we know (or think we know) it is up to them to provide some explanation of how it works or some repeatable and verifiable evidence…

      “We must keep our minds open to newer explanations and reasonings and give them a good thought impartially before negating them like this”
      I agree that we should always keep our minds open to new ideas.
      HOWEVER, if an idea is so thoroughly implausible and there is no evidence to support that idea, I’d argue that it’s fair to say “until those who promote this idea show a way to prove it, we can call it rubbish”.

      “The foundation of quantum physics has problems. It is still not a fully understood science”
      Yes there is much we don’t know. But much of this movie also exactly contradicts what we DO know.

      There is a quote (and I don’t recall off hand who said it) I like:
      “If you think you understand Quantum theory, then you don’t”

      This movie is a perfect example of somebody who CLEARLY does not understand quantum mechanics, attempting to use their flawed understanding to explain into existence, magic.

      “I appreciated that the movie having a different take on things and it didnt seem too illogical to a lay person like me.”
      There was a time when it seemed logical to laypeople that the sun revolved around the earth.
      There was a time when it seemed logical to laypeople that certain “races” of people were inferior.
      There was a time when it seemed logical to laypeople that holding or drinking radioactive materials would cure illnesses.

      Just because something seems logical, does not mean it’s in any way a true representation of the world.

      “Each one to his own..”
      This is a sentiment I’ve never agreed with.

      Some thing are true.
      Some things are false.
      To believe in those things which are false is wrong, and should be corrected.

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