A Night at the Movies

On the advice of a well-meaning friend, the wife and I went to see a movie last night called ‘What the Fuck Do we Know?’, sometimes listed as ‘What the Bleep do we Know’, or ‘What the #$*! Do we Know’. To say that the movie was a disappointment would be a gross understatement. A turgid mass of pseudo-science, New Age positive thinking feel-goodism, and overproduced animated segments, ‘What the Fuck Do we Know’ managed to capture on film the worst aspects of both modern science (especially the oft-abused and misrepresented field of quantum mechanics) and New Age religion (more on that below).

After watching this terrible film, I sneaked a peak at the reviews and IMDB information available for it, only to learn that ‘What the Fuck Do we Know?’ isn’t just a bad movie: it’s also a piece of cultish propaganda that distorts the positions of some of the very scientists that appear in it. At least one of the individuals that appears in the film – David Albert of Columbia University – has complained that the filmmakers used editing to distort his remarks, making it appear that he endorses their theories about quantum mechanics and consciousness, when in fact he spent several hours explaining to them that their views had no serious basis in actual science.

Throughout the movie, the viewer is greeted with needless close-ups of a blonde woman in heavy eye-liner. In fact, by the end of the film, I was rearing back in my chair every time her giant head appeared on the screen, unable to shake the feeling that my personal space was being violated by her titanic presence. At the end of the film, as the credits roll, we learn that this is ‘Ramtha’. Ramtha, it seems, is the senior teacher at something called Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment. Furthermore, Ramtha is, according to the schools informative FAQ , a 35,000 year old warrior from the lost continent of Lemuria who speaks through the body of a woman named JZ Knight. JZ became Ramtha’s chosen ‘channel’ in 1977, when he appeared in her kitchen after she put a pyramid on her head. In addition to running Ramtha’s School for Enlightenment, JZ also finds time to sell home furnishings and what appear to be knock-off Lord of the Rings costumes.

Wouldn’t happen to have $250 to buy a magic elven cape from a 35,000 year old Lemurian would you?

Wikipedia has a good article, outlining other controversial or misleading elements of the movie. Meanwhile, I’m going to find Ramtha and get my $18 back.

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