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What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Drama | 22 October 2004 (USA)
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A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlee Matlin ... Lead
Elaine Hendrix ... Jennifer
John Ross Bowie ... Elliot
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Reggie
Barry Newman ... Frank
Larry Brandenburg ... Bruno
Daniela Serra Daniela Serra ... Bride
James Langston Drake James Langston Drake ... Groom (as Jame Drake)
Michele Mariana Michele Mariana ... Tour Guide (as Michelle Mariana)
Armin Shimerman ... Older Man (in subway)
Robert Blanche ... Bob
Pavel Mikoloski Pavel Mikoloski ... Priest
Alex Rogers Alex Rogers ... Guy #1
Tin Tran Tin Tran ... Guy #2
Leslie Taylor ... Bridesmaid
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"WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW?!" is a radical departure from convention. It demands a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown, indeed, not even dreamed of since Copernicus. It's a documentary. It's a story. It's mind-blowing special effects. This film plunges you into a world where quantum uncertainty is demonstrated - where neurological processes, and perceptual shifts are engaged and lived by its protagonist - where everything is alive, and reality is changed by every thought. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sacred Science See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,656, 8 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,941,801, 10 April 2005
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1.85 : 1
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One of the credited experts is Ramtha. Ramtha is an alleged entity who is channelled by J.Z. Knight who appears in the film and whose organisation helped fund this film. Ramtha is said to be over 35,000 years old and originated in the sunken continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, where he was in charge of an army of over a million people. See more »

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Depiction of quantum mechanics in the movie bears no resemblance to the real theory of that name. In particular, the common misconception that the "observer effect" is dependent upon a sapient, human observer is incorrect. If any object interacts with any other, and either requires information regarding the current state and properties of the other, then that constitutes an observation. See more »

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Reggie: I guess it just depends on what you think is real. The world being possible timelines of reality. Until we chose.
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Ramtha will see you now. Bring your checkbook.
26 September 2004 | by jz-10See all my reviews

About 20 years ago, I encountered quantum mechanics in The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav, and the Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra. Despite the *relative* popularity (note the emphasis on "relative") of such books, the average person in the street has never read a science book that wasn't assigned to them in high school or college. And those books certainly weren't speculating on the nature of Life, the Universe and Everything based on the implications of quantum physics!

In my own life, awareness of the intersection of science of spirituality has given me a smidgen of additional fuel in my life of studying Christian and Eastern mysticism. So imagine my delight when I learned "What the Bleep" promised an exciting investigation into the cutting edge of science and spirituality. Surely there would interviews with people like Rupert Sheldrake, Freeman Dyson, and Larry Dossey!

Well, no, although most of the scientists were well-qualified to speak on the quantum concepts addressed. Strangely, the film undercut itself intellectually by not giving the names and qualifications of the speakers underneath their "talking heads" but only at the end. Regarding spiritual speculations, I find Capra, Sheldrake, and Dossey have more depth when it comes to this sort of thought, but the opinions shared may be eye-opening for many viewers who have never considered the inter-connectedness of mind, the universe, and God.

"What the bleep" has a beautiful visual style, exciting graphic effects, and also gets out of typical documentary mode by creating a small story of a deaf woman photographer's frustrations with life. The "Polish Wedding" sequence is hilarious, and might actually have you rolling in the aisles, as it did me!

The disappointment comes, oddly enough from the "Spiritual Teachers, Mystics, and Scholars" used. Sounds impressive right? There were only two. One was "Miceal" Ledwith, (elsewhere spelled Micheal), former member of the Catholic International Theological Commission, (who retired from Maynooth College in Ireland about the same time he made a private settlement regarding sexual abuse of a minor--see the Irish Times article of June 1 2002). The other was--get ready--RAMTHA! Yes, Ramtha, the absurd "Neolithic entity" supposedly channeled by JZ Knight.

Both Ledwith and Ramtha seemed to only be used to bash conventional religion with "the shackles of restrictive doctrine," and in Ramtha's case, assure us all that we are God. Yippee! No need to worry about meditation, service, or denying the ego. Why, I wondered, would someone go to the trouble of sharing the scientific plausibility of mysticism only to undercut it with the bitter statements of a former Catholic priest and the laughingstock of New-Age kookiness?

Perhaps it's because, according to Wikipedia.org, all three filmmakers are students of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment. Ultimately this was a long, entertaining commercial. Ramtha will see you now. Keep your ego, but bring your checkbook.


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