Last night I went to see the film “What the Bleep Do We Know?” with a few of my very good chums. It brought up many topics that seemed perfect for discussion with this fine group of thinkers. All you guys that haven’t had better go and see it so you can be included in this discussion, or else you’ll be left in the dust.
Okay, my personal take on the movie: I am very interested in this revolutionary idea of quantum physics, though I have not yet been very well informed in the field until yesterday. So the first half of the movie was riveting for me, learning these new hypotheses and theories on the physics of probability. But I thought the second half about the bio-chemistry and cell receptors got very repetitive, and was mostly unnecessary. It was definitely an interesting idea about individual cells becoming addicted to certain chemicals, or emotions in the bloodstream, were talking about only that for much too long. It started to sound more like some dumb psychologist’s “self-help” video that wanted to sound all smart just by talking about the science and bio-chemistry of your emotions. I didn’t need that; I feel just fine about myself and don’t need any help controlling my emotions. But that’s just me; I can totally see how that would help some people, just not me. I want to hear more about how all of matter is really just a condensed thought.
I thought they did a very good job of tying all these interviews and explanations into the life of a speech-impedimented photographer. Didn’t seem like it would work at first, but it turned out to be pretty well executed.
A thought I had while watching the movie: When was the last really revolutionary scienctist? It was probably Einstei and his major work was in the sixties. I’m not talkin’ about someone that only people on High School science bowl teams recognize, I’m talking about the people that all the public, even the uneducated people know. Everyone knows einstein came up with E=mc2, everyone knows Galileo invented the telescope, and Newton discovered gravity, but if you asked a random person on the street who Enrico Fermi is, they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you that he’s credited for splitting the atom and creating the atomic bomb. So Fermi doesn’t count, but the others are known revolutionary scientists, and there haven’t been any of them since Einstein. I’ll betcha the next one discovers something about quantum physics. Quantum physics has so much potential to change the way we see the universe, but it’s still got quite a few kinks to work out. So it seems logical that whoever irons out these kinks and is able to make quantum physics real for everyone will be the next Einstein. Just a thought…
So now I want to go read a book on quantum physics. Does anyone know any good ones? I don’t want one that’s all math and proves everything in about six different ways that I don’t know anything about, but I also want one that’s not dumbed down so much it fails to stimulate my mind. If anyone has any recommendations, it would be greatly appreciated.