Monday, January 26, 2009

Learning From What the Bleep

On Saturday I watched the documentary, What the Bleep Do We Know. It's about quantum physics. (INSERT YAWN). Actually, it's quite interesting, the scientists and doctors in this program explain how science has changed, using terms and illustrations that non-scientists, even communication scholars, can understand. Also, they make it clear how these changes affect us. So, check it out.

Here are some things I learned:

1. Apparently, scientists now accept that things which are seen, come from that which is unseen. In other words, materialism is totally out. If you're an atheist, you are so behind the times.

2. There is a interconnectedness to everything. We all know that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, but science now supports the argument that every thought, word, and deed has consequences. As one scholar put it, (I'm paraphrasing) the concepts of right and wrong are insufficient to encompass all the consequences of our actions, and of our thoughts.

The upside is that we have more control than was previously thought. The downside is that we have more control than was previously thought.

3. My interpretation of this third point shows my unscientificness, but....scientists know that our bodies produce these things call peptides in response to certain emotions we feel. And, if we tend to experience certain emotions, then the body automatically starts making these peptides, and we become, in a sense, addicted to these emotions.

For example, if you've been feeling depressed, your body reinforces this by regularly producing "depression peptides." The brain, then, looks for reasons to feel depressed.

Science, at least certain branches of it, understand that the physical and the mental/emotional are inextricably linked. Probably you already had figured that out, but you now have a lot of scientists to back you up.

Even more reason to think good thoughts, feel good emotions. That's the challenge, and the opportunity.