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Friday, February 3, 2006

The Varieties of Spiritual Credulity

Posted by on February 3 at 15:10 PM

I was so moved by the new “directors’ cut” remix What the Bleep?!: Down the Rabbit Hole (a flabby, 2.5-hour elaboration of the original pseudoscience “documentary” What the #$*! Do We Know?!) that I wrote a web-exclusive long review in addition to the punchy short version you’ll find in the print edition this week.

Many people have been equally moved by my review. So far, my hate and love (or beautiful and ugly crystal) letters include:

is somebody afraid of reality? :or have you already gotten yourself a jar of lube to prepare for fascism? -george!

and

I absolutely loved this article/review! Hilarious. After seeing “What the BLEEP” I struggled to explain to my friends why I was so enraged by it. You managed to articulate my scorn perfectly. Thanks for that! -marc

In addition, one of my assertions has been challenged by one of the film’s director/producer/evident Ramtha devotees, William Arntz.

As for David Albert. Dr. Albert was invited (not by us) to give a presentation at a conference last year with most of the other interviewees. We were going to re interview everyone so I contacted David. We had a long talk about the previous film. I said we were going to issue an extended version, but would not include him against his wishes. However I said that his views were extremely interesting and I thought it would be a loss. We then came to the agreement that we would re-film but, but would only include footage of him in the Rabbit Hole subject to his OK. He was sent a DVD of those interview segments, with interviews before and after so that he could see the context. He approved all of them.

I have emailed Columbia philosophy professor David Albert to ask whether this was indeed the case. If he chooses to reply, I’ll let you know.

Mr. Arntz does not, however, challenge my criticism of the film’s use of a former seminary president who was accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Miceal (sic) Ledwith uses his screen time to expostulate on the subject of victimhood—specifically, how victims are complicit in their own victimization.


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Yes, but does this movie blow harder than the storm comming tonight?

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