Late last year a member of my Department asked if anyone had seen ‘What the Bleep Do We Know?!,’ the New Age Quantum Consciousness documentary that was so popular with the plebs. No one had; we had heard that it was terrible and we somehow knew it was awful but none of us had actually experienced its nature. Thus last week, when a copy came to hand, I decided that I would watch it.This was a mistake. ‘What the Bleep Do We Know?!’ is not just errant nonsense, but dangerous errant nonsense. I am not usually one to advocate the destruction of books et al, but this is a DVD that I sincerely think should be broken in twain, burnt and subsequently sent into the heart of the Sun. If it weren’t someone else’s property…To discuss the film would be to give it more credence than it is worth. Essentially the film claims that as the description of the world under quantum mechanics is so odd that reality must be a construction of the mind and that the only way to make this sense of consistent reality we have coherent is to postulate that our observations come from a common sourse. Which turns out to be God. Who happens to be all of us.Keep away from this film. Keep your family and friends away from this film. If someone you know has watched it, keep an eye on them. If they have expressed a postive opinion of the film, kill them. It is the only way to ensure the safety of our species.
About Matthew Dentith
Author of "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories" (Palgrave Macmillan), Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.All posts by Matthew