Originally posted by Canadaguy
Also The film makes me question who is in control of my behavior. That was scary stuff. I would like to believe I'M in control, but now I'm not sure. Its like being on the Titanic with no one at the helm. Disaster in the making.
And the Titanic went down even with
someone at the helm. This is a good metaphor for the understanding that the universe runs essentially on cause and effect, a principle that can seem cold and heartless, because it is rooted in something far beyond our ideas of "who is in control" and related notions of justice and fairness.
I saw "What The Bleep", by the way, but I didn't like it very much. I think it was a good door opener and useful for provoking discussion, but the underlying premise of a connection between quantum theory and mysticism is problematic. The reason being, that science and mysticism are two fundamentally different approaches to reality. The former is concerned entirely with the dualism (subject-object split) that is essential to the process of obervation and experimentation. The latter is concerned with experientially bridging the gulf between consciousness and matter.
Put more simply, scientists, including quantum theorists, study
matter, with a view toward understanding it and defining it via equations and categories. A mystic is really not interested in the properties of matter, he is interested in the underlying relationship of his own consciousness to matter, and dissolving the gap between the two. So the scientist and the mystic seek entirely different things, and any attempt to "mystify" science or to make mysticism "scientific" usually results in a muddying of the waters.
For more on this, read Ken Wilber's "Quantum Questions". He clarifies many of the problems with popular science/mysticism books like Capra's "Tao of Physics" or Zukav's "Dancing Wu Li Masters".