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"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."—David Albert,"What the (Bleep) Were They Thinking?"
Filmed to promote a vague new age philosophy based on a very, very broad interpretation of quantum physics, the movie was funded by Z. D. Knight heavily features commentary from 'Ramtha' an ancient atlantian general who is apparently speaking through Ramtha. The movie feaures 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 story follows a deaf photographer with anxiety issues, Amanda who lives with her rather out there sister, as Amanda starts to experience reality through other perspectives as well as some experts in the field going over their experiments and findings.
It emphasises diferent perceptions of reality and how our perception of reality can alter it, leading to rather Unfortunate Implications when they claim that bad things happen to us because we choose to play the victim and Amandaa's anxiety disorder seems magically cured after she finished destroying an image of herself in the mirror and starts thinking positive.
Decent snark bait but some take it at face value, What the Bleep is not scientific so much as a apologist throwing together an argument from a vaguely understood branch of science and bending things to fit their philosophy.
- Achievements in Ignorance
- 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.
- Did Not Do the Research: This one is all over the place, but just to give an example, the quantum physics don't work like they say in the movie (especially the Heisenberg uncertainty principle).
- Documentary of Lies
- 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.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Ramtha.
- Precision F-Strike: See Bowdlerize above.
- Propaganda Machine: The movie was made as a part of this.
- Quantum Mechanics Can Do Anything
- Quote Mine: See the comment above.
- Reading Lips: Amanda's way to understand other people, besides Hand Signals.
- 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