Film: What the #$*! Do We Know!?
"I was edited in such a way as to completely suppress my actual views about the matters the movie discusses. I am, indeed, profoundly unsympathetic to attempts at linking quantum mechanics with consciousness. Moreover, I explained all that, at great length, on camera, to the producers of the film ... Had I known that I would have been so radically misrepresented in the movie, I would certainly not have agreed to be filmed."Filmed to promote a vague new age philosophy based on a very, very broad interpretation of quantum physics, the movie was funded by J. Z. Knight and heavily features commentary from 'Ramtha', an ancient Atlantian general who is apparently speaking through Knight. The movie features other proclaimed scientists who either have unrelated degrees or else, as in the page quote, claim to have been taken grossly out of context.It follows a vague documentary format, switching between commentators talking about: the implications of Quantum physics and consciousness altering reality [seemingly in radical and pretty much straight up magical ways]; a deaf photographer with anxiety issues named Amanda, who starts to experience reality through other perspectives while living with her rather out-there sister; as well as some experts in the field going over their experiments and findings.It emphasizes different perceptions of reality and how our perception of reality can alter it, claiming that bad things happen to us because we choose to play the victim and Amanda's anxiety disorder seems magically cured after she finished destroying an image of herself in the mirror and starts thinking positive.The film is not so much scientific as an apologist throwing together an argument from a vaguely understood branch of science and bending things to fit their philosophy.
— David Albert,"What the (Bleep) Were They Thinking?"
- Achievements in Ignorance
- Artistic License – History: The movie claims that the Native Americans couldn't see Christopher Columbus' ships until their shaman explained what they were, because the ships were so far outside the Natives' experience. By all historical accounts, they could see the ships perfectly fine. This is also a bit illogical considering that, unless they swam from the North American mainland to the Caribbean islands, they would know what a boat is even if the European ships were larger.
- Bowdlerize: According to Word Of God, the "bleep" in the title is supposed to be "fuck".
- Censored Title
- Conspicuous CG: Not all the movie, but some effects, could easily qualify here.
- Documentary Of Lies / Manipulative Editing: As the above quote reveals, the interviews with real physicists were often chopped up and taken out of context, often to the extent of presenting the exact opposite of what the physicists meant.
- Down the Rabbit Hole: Lampshaded:"How far down the rabbit hole do you wanna go?"
- The Empath: Amanda, as part of her quantum adventure.
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum
- Lucky Charms Title
- Manipulative Editing
- Narrator: Ramtha, a mighty warrior-spirit from Atlantis (or Lemuria, not so sure) serves as our narrator.
- New Age: Apparently, the film was very well regarded by the New Age community, which isn't surprising, as it's obviously made to defend their ideals.
- No Medication for Me: Amanda tosses her anxiety medication in the trash the moment she starts feeling good about herself.
- Noble Savage: The Natives mentioned above.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Ramtha.
- The Other Rainforest: The Amanda storyline is set in Portland, Oregon
- Precision F-Strike: See Bowdlerize above.
- Propaganda Machine: The movie was made as a part of this.
- Quantum Mechanics Can Do Anything: For the record, wave function collapse is due to the measuring equipment interfering with the process being observed, not the consciousness of the observer.
- Quote Mine: See the comment above.
- Reading Lips: Amanda's way to understand other people, besides Hand Signals.
- Robo Cam: One sequence features some guys viewing a party in this way, seeking "foxes who put out" and categorize women in terms of "foxes who don't put out, dogs, and cows." An overweight elderly woman who doesn't put out causes a system crash.
- Schmuck Bait
- Shameless Self-Promoter: The whole thing was produced as a giant promo for J.Z. Knight's Ramtha cult; fittingly, it was produced by some students of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment.
- Unexplained Accent: Ramtha, although maybe that's the Lemurian/Atlantian accent.
- Viral Marketing
- Word Puree Title