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What the Bleep Do We Know: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality | [William Arntz, Betsy Chase, Mark Vicente]

What the Bleep Do We Know: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality

With the help of 14 leading physicists, scientists, and spiritual thinkers, this book guides listeners on a course from the scientific to the spiritual, and from the universal to the personal. Along the way, it asks such questions as: Are we seeing the world as it really is What is the relationship between our thoughts and our world? How can I create my day every day? What the Bleep answers this question and others through an innovative new approach to self-help and spirituality.
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Publisher's Summary

Everyone is still talking about the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? Now comes the audio edition of the book based on the mind-boggling movie that grossed $11 million in the U.S. alone. As the movie did, this book compels listeners to ask themselves Great Questions that will recreate their lives as they know them.

With the help of 14 leading quantum physicists, scientists, and spiritual thinkers, this book guides readers on a course from the scientific to the spiritual, and from the universal to the deeply personal. Along the way, it asks such questions as: Are we seeing the world as it really is?What are thoughts made of? What is the relationship between our thoughts and our world? Are we biologically addicted to certain emotions? How can I create my day every day?

What the Bleep answers this question and others through an innovative new approach to self-help and spirituality that's far different - and more exciting - than anything else you've heard. More than 20 short, focused, interactive chapters take listeners on a journey that will integrate the answers to these Great Questions into every aspect of their lives.

©2005 William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente (P)2010 Audible, Inc

What the Critics Say

"Anyone considering the nature of consciousness, intelligence, reality, or attitude adjustment will find this packed with insights and lively discussion, which is surprisingly easy to access considering the weight of the matters under review." (Midwest Book Review)

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    Henrik Oslo, Norway 08-06-11
    Henrik Oslo, Norway 08-06-11 Member Since 2011

    garg

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    "Attacking straw men"

    I'll admit it, I couldn't finish this book and didn't even come close. I made it halfway into chapter 3 before I had enough of the self-flattery and the nonsense attack on scientist straw men that the authors seemingly sees everywhere but I personally never have come across once. From what I could bear to read, it seems all scientists view people exclusively as 'machines' and ignoring all other aspects of the human existence. The authors even made a link between the inquisitions burning and the scientist, somehow accusing the scientist of taking control over the narrative of human understanding. I just found the critique uneducated, meaningless and without respect for the people who has been on the fronline of creating our modern world. In the beginning of the book the authors claimed they were surprised by some attacks on the film the book is based on from the scientific community. That they were surprised by this is probably the biggest testimony to how ignorant this authors are.

    What a waste of time and money, but if you like stuff like The Secret this book surely will fit your needs.

    52 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Huntington, NY, United States 10-01-12
    Barbara Huntington, NY, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Not the movie"
    Any additional comments?

    Though I really like the movie and have seen it several times, I found this book to be disorganized and boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Nashville, TN, United States 03-05-12
    Stephen Nashville, TN, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Quite What I Expected."

    I remembered seeing a part of the movie awhile back and how it seemed interesting, in an after school special sort of way. It was similar to The Secret, but not was well organized. I felt sometimes like it was 3 people throwing out random opinions and platitudes. There is some good information within, once you can sift through it all. It didn't hold my attention as many books do. I actually stopped halfway and listened to an entire other book before returning.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Grand Blanc, MI, United States 06-26-11
    Erik Grand Blanc, MI, United States 06-26-11
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    "Wonderful"

    Great summary of how the latest science is merging with the most ancient religious thought. If everyone would listen to this with an open mind our world would be a better place.

    18 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Sewell, NJ, United States 09-15-11
    Thomas Sewell, NJ, United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Its a good followup to and about the movie."

    Granted, not a whole lot new, but stuff that went on in the creation of the movie and how they went down the process of making the movie, even using some of their own techniques. If you are into it, and you liked "The Secret" and this Movie, then get the book and have fun listening. The technical underneath it all is still in there. And even most in science don't know what to make of this new understanding of life and what this book touches on. And if you are indeed into "it," you will want to have listened to this. No one can tell you what you can get out of it but you. If you haven't seen the movie, you have to first of course, before this book, or you may be lost. Do both. If you already get "it" get this too.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Benowa, Australia 06-20-13
    Sarah Benowa, Australia 06-20-13

    Wife and Mother of a 2yo little girl. Compliance Manager and Recruitment Manager, I love my work, love spending time with family & friends (though never get enough time to do it!), love ALL music depending on my mood, good food, good wine, and travel,

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    "Too deep to concentrate on in the car!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - unless they were deeply spiritual and could sit, uninterrupted, and really get into the story, it is too deep and too long winded.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    not in this genre of book


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    it was quite boring - didn't capture me at all


    Do you think What the Bleep Do We Know needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    don't know - couldn't finish it


    Any additional comments?

    I use audio books because i am short of time, so i make the most of my time in the car - this book is FAR too deep and doesn't follow in a straight line - i had trouble trying to stay with them and understand what they were talking about, and why. For anyone spiritual and able to sit quietly and listen to it, it may be ok. in which case, i'd say buy the book.

    For an audio book, not suitable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott United States 05-14-13
    Scott United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.

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    "Some good data, plus few very odd claims (refute!)"

    This was a philosophy book that covered a wide range of human thought and brought them into an easily measureable framework. For a while, I thought this was going to be an odd sort of wash your brain with collective non-sense book, but then realized I was looking for fallacies in the interpretation that may not have actually been there. Either way, aside from the we-they collective load of hogwash, the rest of the book was excellent.

    One problem for sure was in one example. The author implied that people's thought was the causation of some sort of electronic measurement. The supposed proof was that during a mass media event, a lot of people interpret the same information at a given time, and the people's information intake somehow changes scientific properties of reality. She mentioned some laboratory, and some electronic measurement equipment registering measures. She didn't say what was measured, and only implied that the people's thought somehow caused the measurement from some mystical brainpower of theirs. Of course, in reality, if a whole city is watching television, there will be a larger wattage drain and thus more magnetic flux from energy distribution lines, higher luminosity from televisions on average, louder volumes and decibels, and maybe some sort of odd drain on broadcast or cable amplifiers. But this book didn't say that, and tried to leave the reader thinking Mr. and Mrs. Egospam and her cronies were capable of blasting thought through some dimension of space to make people interpret his or her majestic opinions as science. This is how propaganda is designed, which is a worthless for thought, and I was amazed at the boldness of claiming tangible changes to reality based on television propaganda. I didn't really like this, but was glad to see the ludicrousness of the claims so I could logically render impossible any such perceptions.

    So aside from the odd mix of social psychology and physics, the book had a lot of great information that was almost objective. Studies of abstract and concrete thought were discussed, along with religions, beliefs, and philosophies. The concepts of "I", "You", "We", "They", and such were developed with various philosophies. Some philosophies compared and contrasted inner thought with materials of the world. Human anatomy and psychology was briefly covered. These sort of ideas got me thinking about how daily habits and interactions with reality shape perceptions. This is especially true with driving reflexes where time is a concern, but such conditions can be modified through effort and concentration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    goatroper 12-05-12
    goatroper 12-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting at first, then hippy silliness"

    Okay, this starts out very interesting but then turns into a bit of a hippie diatribe. It also blames a lot of victims for their situation. It comes down to using modern quantum theory to justify the position of some mystics. I'm not saying I disagree, but that's what the book's about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 11-20-12
    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2010

    Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.

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    "Disappointed, Not What I Expected"

    Admittedly, I couldn't finish this book. I had a number of problems with it, content-driven and otherwise:

    1. An audiobook adaptation for this film/book is awkward. Much of the text is quotes from various luminaries; much of the rest of it comprises the perspectives of the various authors. The "author" of the quote or perspective is listed at the bottom of the text; however, when that is read to you, you are left wondering when this particular person's quote began and how it relates to the other perspectives in the book. It comes through disjointed as you are unable to assign particular feelings to particular people.

    2. I mistook the description of the book. This was a disappointment, but was mostly my fault. To clarify: this is about the spirituality of consciousness, topics unexplained by modern science, and the wonder that quantum physics may begin to hint at. It is not well defined by its title. It is not about epistemology. More accurately: it is about what we don't know, but rather what nifty assumptions we can make based of quantum mechanics.

    3. I am a skeptic. This is not a book for skeptics. It may be interesting for people trying to meld science and spirituality. In this respect it wasn't for me. The problem here is that it goes from describing actual quantum theory to quantum spirituality without really describing the point when it went "wheels up." People unfamiliar with quantum mechanics might not recognize when the authors depart accepted theory.

    And now, if you will indulge me, here is where I'll get a little petty:

    4. Every sentence, mundane or wondrous, seems to end with an unspoken, "or did I just blow your mind?" It is very annoying. Not every thought they have is profound, but I'll be damned if they aren't trying to make it sound that way. They often pose questions that are sometimes insightful and sometimes silly, but always ending with a tone of admiration for their own profundity. I'd ask them this: "When I roll my eyes at you, do my eyes actually move or do they stand still while the rest of the universe turns upside down?"

    5. The authors begin the introduction by claiming that they were surprised by the critiques they received from the skeptical scientific community. This is disingenuous in the extreme. It becomes apparent in the first chapter that they are basically decrying science for its failure to explain everything. They present a weak, loaded and invalid argument to portray science as a religion, claiming it is an orthodoxy just like any other. Modern scientists are no different from ancient animists. There is no respect for the scientific method being a process of hypothesis, experimentation, empirical data collection, and replication. Scientists are just priests of the orthodoxy that they have inherited .

    No kidding, they were critical? You don't say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    11-13-12
    11-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I tried to listen but gave up"
    What would have made What the Bleep Do We Know better?

    If it hadn't been written.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Fiction


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    What a waste


    Any additional comments?

    It was recommended to me by someone else. I won't pick another like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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