What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole

Synopsis: Interviews with scientists and authors, animated bits, and a storyline involving a deaf photographer are used in this docudrama to illustrate the link between quantum mechanics, neurobiology, human consciousness and day-to-day reality.
Production: IDP Distribution
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156 min

IsNewsReal Films

presents "Exciting News!"

Is the divorce over?

Are spirit and science

tying the knot once more?

Are the church and the

laboratory saying the same thing?

Out of the misty ages of antiquity...

the quest for the divine and the quest

for knowledge about the universe...

marched hand in hand.

Ancient Sumer

- There was a god of astronomy...

a god of horticulture,

a god of irrigation...

and the temple priests were

the scribes and technologists...

investigating these fields of knowledge.

Ancient Greece

- Philosophers asking the questions of why are we here...

developed the theory of the atom,

celestial movements and human ethics.

Medieval Europe-

The Western church arose to

a position of supreme power.

Kingmaker, landowner and

purveyor of the truth...

the church took it upon themselves

to be the one knower of everything.

The dogma was law.

Yet science had moved forward...

and now challenged the dogma that the

Earth was the center of the universe.

Copernicus, Bruno and Galileo all

felt the heavy hand of the church.

The tragedy!

Unable to suppress science anymore...

the church and science divided

up knowledge and human endeavor.

Descartes invented dualism.

The church had the unseen...

science the seen.

And materialism was born.

An uneasy truce.

Scientists were no longer being bound...

and they reacted with a vengeance.

All the unseen is fantasy, delusion.

We are strictly little machines running

in a predictable machine universe...

governed by strict, immutable laws.

The church pushed back.

Soulless scientists

were condemned to hell!

Darwin countered. The

creator is nothing, nowhere.

We are random mutations...

simply a carrier of D.N.A. 's

relentless quest for more...

in a meaningless universe.

And meanwhile, both science and

religion were hitting the wall.

If everything was mechanistic

and God was the Holy Creator...

then what were we humans supposed to do?

Science dug ever deeper

into a dead universe...

and stumbled upon and

unlocked a mystery.

In tiny corners of space and time...

scientists found unfathomable energy...

and mind-numbing mysteries.

Mysteries that suggest

we are all connected...

that the physical universe

is essentially nonphysical.

Time and space Are just constructs...

of this non-materialness.

And today, renegade scientists

are meeting with religious leaders.

Conferences pushing forward a meeting

of science and spirit are springing up.

As the 20th century blew open

the doors of a mechanistic view...

will the 21 st century

blow down the iron wall...

between the church and laboratory?

This is your IsNewsReal

reporter... signing off.

The rabbit hole and how deep

and how far we want to go...

is really how far, how much do you

want to discover about your true nature?

Alice went down the rabbit hole,

where she met the Mad Hatter.

The hatter was mad.

And the idea was, you want to get out

of the rabbit hole after you've gone in.

So there's two stages to science.

There's-There's the crazy part,

where you go down the rabbit hole...

and then there's the part where you

check the craziness of your ideas...

against a rigorous, strict

straitjacket-like process.

I think the interesting

thing about science...

um, um, the interesting

thing about physics...

is that it is a genuinely

new and novel way...

of trying to come to

grips with the world.

Um, um, I think the experimental

method, which is important to physics...

is a very different business

from the method of revelation...

or the method of meditation

or something like that.

I don't think it's true

that, for example...

adherents of, say, Buddhism...

um, um, could imagine

changing their beliefs...

based on the outcomes of some

experiments people do with electrons.

Why this apparent rift between

the church and science...

or between science and

religion emerged today?

I think the roots of

that are very deep...

because it probably goes

back to a conviction...

that some of the books

of the scriptures...

like the Book of Genesis,

which deals with beginnings...

is actually telling us about

the origins of the world.

Now, in fact, any biblical

scholar will tell you-

this is not news

- that the Book of Genesis...

was never meant to be about

the origins of the world.

But many churchmen believed

that in the Book of Genesis...

you had actual sort of

live news, like CNN...

about the beginnings of creation.

And, therefore, you had many

people down through the ages...

like the famous Archbishop James

Ussher in Ireland in 1650...

who calculated all the ages

of the patriarchs back along...

and worked out, to

his own satisfaction...

that the creation of

the world occurred...

in the year 4004 B.C. on the 17th

of September at 9:00 in the morning.

I think that there must be a

scientific explanation for spirituality.

I don't think there's been

a good one until recently.

To me, the only one that

makes sense is that...

proto-consciousness, Platonic

values, goodness, truth...

exist at this fundamental

level of space-time geometry...

which can influence our

actions if we're open to them...

and interconnects us

to all other beings...

to the universe at large.

Science creates the

stories that we live by...

and science has told

us a very bleak story.

It's told us that we're some

sort of genetic mistake...

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