what the [bleep] do we know?

What the #$*! Do We Know?! (2004)

If the goal of the movie was to spark conversation, it worked. The first time I tried to watch it (with my behavioral psychologist friend) we watched the first half and turned it off for an argument. Last night she, her philosophy major boyfriend and I made it through the movie with moderate heckling and a nice long discussion afterwards.

in the end, it reminded me of a conversation i had with aviva. she was telling me that scarcity was simply a matter of opinion, taking a point of view, like being optomistic or pessamistic. she chose to believe that the world was an abundant place, full of everything. the idea is that if you choose to view the world through that paradygm then it becomes that way.

If the movie has a message it’s that you shape your own reality and that while reality seems to be fixed one way, it may just seem that way because of your conditioning. I think that my reaction to the movie says far more about me than it does about the movie itself. Viewed one way What the [bleep] do we know was like a video you’d show junior high schoolers explaining that this idea. It was filled with academic (and some nonacademic) talking heads describing new age phenomena that didn’t seem to be in their field. What was most interesting about it was that it almost seemed like a propaganda movie advocating nonreligous spirituality.

For every emotion you have there’s a peptide chain and when you see or think of things that you associate with that emotion your body pumps out the peptides for an emotional reaction. Your cells react accordingly and you can become addicted to peptides you experience too often. The movie urges people to break their addictions to peptide chains (emotions) that they crave to the point of destruction. Craving these emotions has a physical effect of denying your cells the proper protiens, waste management resources, and water that it needs to last a long time. All your cells’ space is taken up with more and more receptors for the peptide chains that you’re addicted to.

The movie also urges people to stop living in the past, allowing your brain to form closer ties with old neural nets, and instead “create your day”, creating a new neural net that you like more (or at least you chose).

I liked the movie but I still don’t know what to do with my life ๐Ÿ™‚

5 replies
  1. Floating Dreams
    Floating Dreams says:

    I liked the movie but I still don’t know what to do with my life ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do any of us truly?

    The movie sounds good, and I’d like to see it sometime. But, although perception is a big part of reality there are some things that we can’t deny.

    Although some people choose to look at things in an all cheery perspective (I do, most of the time) we can’t forget that bad things do happen, and in that sense, the message they’re creating seems kind of idealic.

    If you think, “I want to do something great” and believe “I will do something great” than it will be more beneficial to acheiving that ‘something great’. But at the same time, that thought doesn’t necessarily cause you to win the Nobel Peace Prize, does it? Sure, if you believe ‘I won’t do anything great’ the attitude alone might prevent you, but attitudes don’t make the world. Actions do too.

    Oh, wow, look at what this movie has done! (And I haven’t even seen it!)

    Well, uh, sorry for popping in like this. ^^” I hope you don’t mind. Feel free to look at my lil blog things…

  2. nathan
    nathan says:

    If you think, “I want to do something great” and believe “I will do something great” than it will be more beneficial to acheiving that ‘something great’. But at the same time, that thought doesn’t necessarily cause you to win the Nobel Peace Prize, does it?

    yeah… i dunno. the movie would say that actually, yes, your thoughts create the world around you. if you think “I will do something great” you will do something great. That’s the paradygm shift they talk about: that actually your thoughts DO affect the world around you. it’s hard to accept but it makes some intuitive sense. they say that it’s because a lot of what we see as reality is perception and a lot of our perception is conditioning. so through reconditioning ourselves we really change our reality.

    and i think it’s wonderful you popped in like this. thanks for your comment.

  3. Floating Dreams
    Floating Dreams says:

    they say that it’s because a lot of what we see as reality is perception and a lot of our perception is conditioning. so through reconditioning ourselves we really change our reality.

    Hmm, that’s actually an interesting thought. I suppose in a lot of ways, it’s true.

    If we have a negative mind frame and think everyone else is out to get us then most likely we’ll notice the negative comments toward us more than the positive. Also, we’d probably percieve any comment as, “Oh, they hate me” when indeed it could one of those silly crushes people have. You know the kind where they make fun of the one they love the most?

    Humans don’t make sense. Although we can clearly look at animals and research their behavioural patterns and see a connection between a majority of a species, humans vary so much. In the same sense, do animals percieve things as well? Or does it take more brain than they have?

    Then, if humans are the only being on this planet that can percieve and think beyond basic things then it’s… almost amazing, you know? That we could ‘change our reality through our perception’.

    But, at the same time, humans have a lot wrong, too.

    Although animals only take what they need and can effectively coincide with each other, humans kill their own kind, their own offspring, other species and thier offspring. Isn’t there something… wrong with that?

    I think the manner in which many humans act is almost barbaric. Some aren’t any better than animals! And yet, we have such a high superiorty complex…

    Saa… such things are good to think about but don’t really get you don’t really seem to get anywhere in that thought? I think I was trying to get to a point but I don’t really know what that point was.

  4. nathan
    nathan says:

    sounds like you’d enjoy the movie. i mean it’s hokey new age stuff but at the same time, if you want to try make some sense of people you can come to some interesting conclusions. the movie basically says that the way we “get beyond the basics” is to create our own reward systems in the form of chemicals our bodies like. the idea is to positively associate the healthy things and negatively associate the unhealthy ones. unfortunately we often don’t seem to get these things right. because we tend to repeat what we did before, each time we make our usual bad choices we reenforce our addiction to them.

    it aint so bad. hamsters eat their young…

  5. Floating Dreams
    Floating Dreams says:

    because we tend to repeat what we did before, each time we make our usual bad choices we reenforce our addiction to them.

    I’ve never thought about it that way, but it’s true. Everytime I eat something I shouldn’t and enjoy it I reenforce my addiction, like you said.

    ^^” I guess we never learn…

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