What the Bleep Do We Know?
I just watched this with some friends (one was my fiancee, who’s is in the humanist club we are starting on campus with another friend who was there).
I liked the very beginning, when it was talking about how strange quantum mechanics can be. Some time into the film, though, they applied the ideas of tendancies to reality and our perception of it.
It went beyond things existing because we believe they exist. The film cited Masuru Emoto, who has some controversial tests reguarding the human mind’s "positive" or "negative" energy affecting the formation of ice in water, positive making pretty shapes and negative making ugly. More detalin on his work can be easily found on the web.
And that’s where the film started losing me. I can appreciate the power the brain has in perceiving what goes on around us (my fiancee’s grandmother suffers from alzheimer’s dimentia and schizophrenia), but for the human brain to actively rearange the physical universe? That’s a bit much.
Another part that bothered me is when some of the speakers interviewed spoke of God. Two of them (one is an instructor in some sort of thought school and the other is a theologian) had a very deistic view of god, while others had more mechanical views, like some sort of Grand Archetect beyond our understanding.
It’s an interesting film, and I think it’s worth watching, especially in mixed company of good friends with differeing worldviews. The other two friends present were nontheistic, but much more mystical than my fiancee, my humanist friend, and I. We talked about ghosts (which 4/5s of us believed to be halucinations brought on by a combination of many things) and what determines "self" for a good while during a break in the movie.
Honestly, it felt like something better suited to me when I was less mature in my spiritual/philosophical developement.
edited to add the heading from the second - duplicate post.