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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Quantum Flapdoodle - distortions of quantum physics to support a mystical viewpoint


I recently watched a DVD entitled, “What The (Bleep) Do We Know!?”. The movie could best be described as a documentary style, pseudo scientific commentary interspersed with a series of short plot sequences to demonstrate the principles. Not only was the "scientific theory" grossly inaccurate, the special effects could approximate any "Doctor Who" rerun from the 1970s. The film's saving grace might have been Amanda, a deaf photographer (played by Marlee Matlin) who experiences her life from startlingly new and different perspectives. This was not enough to salvage the movie's detractions.


One thing that puzzled me was who were all the talking heads? These were the people who were talking about subatomic particles and alluding to alternate universes and cosmic forces, all of which were harnessed in the interest of making Ms. Matlin's character feel better about her thighs. Normally in a documentary, the experts are introduced when they first appear. But here they introduced them after the end of the film. I was amused to see the heavy-set blonde woman in the boxy red suit making the weird pronouncements in a funny accent was:

Ramtha

Master Teacher – Ramtha School of Enlightenment

Channeled by JZ Knight


The creators of the movie are stating as a fact, that one of the people you have been listening to for the previous 90 minutes, a main authority for the information being presented, is a 35,000 year old warrior spirit from Atlantis, being channeled by a housewife turned cult leader in Tacoma, Washington. The woman pictured is JZ Knight, but you are not listening to JZ Knight. You are literally listening to Ramtha. At this point the film lost any remaining pretence of being based on any kind of science or facts.

Here is some other detail on Ramtha:

Ramtha is a 35,000 year-old spirit-warrior who appeared in J.Z. Knight’s kitchen in Tacoma, Washington in 1977. Knight claims that she is Ramtha’s channel. She also owns the copyright to Ramtha and conducts sessions in which she pretends to go into a trance and speaks Hollywood’s version of Elizabethan English in a guttural, husky voice. She has thousands of followers and has made millions of dollars performing as Ramtha at seminars ($1,000 a crack) and at her Ramtha School of Enlightenment, and from the sales of tapes, books, and accessories (Clark and Gallo 1993). She must have hypnotic powers. Searching for self-fulfillment, otherwise normal people obey her command to spend hours blindfolded in a cold, muddy, doorless maze.

The film seems to be a propaganda piece for a cult.

Well, don't just take my word for it, investigate yourself...just don't rent the movie unless you are an insomniac (in which case this ninety minute movie may just be a "cure for what ails" and a lot cheaper than prescription drugs)!

5 Comments:

Blogger Cherry said...

I thought this movie had some interesting points. My two favourite experts were "Ramtha" and the Irish priest. Oh, and we can't forget the belching Barba Papas!

5:42 PM

 
Blogger ShadowFalcon said...

I want to know who the talking heads are too and how does one go about finding these people?

2:59 AM

 
Blogger Irene said...

Hmmmmmm. You've got me curious. Will try to catch this and see for myself. =)

10:30 AM

 
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6:35 PM

 
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7:26 PM

 

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