Reviews written by Phil Earnhardt
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My background: I have an engineering background and have embraced a variety of body/mind disciplines in the last five years. I now blog about the physics of our structure at floatingbones.com.
I found the movie very stylish and professionally-produced. When I saw the film theatrically, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information. After watching the movie repeatedly on DVD, I wrote a review: http://floatingbones.com/?p=92 .
The film claims to be about science. Science is evidence-based and uses the scientific method ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method ). The last step in the scientific method is the written publication of results.
This movie fails to provide a single reference linking physics (quantum or otherwise) to our health and well-being. Neither the DVD nor the movie's website provide links to what one of the film's experts calls a "viable scientific theory". The breakdown is even more fundamental than this: no theories/predictors are provided, and no theory/predictor is ever tested in the film. Anyone who understands the scientific method should be baffled how anyone can claim that new science has been created.
While there is little science, there is much speculation. Most of the speculation is centered around "the field". All sorts of things are cited as evidence for "the field", including the case studies. The argument goes something like, "We don't understand how this works, therefore ... quantum physics must be involved!" That is not the way that science works!
Some of the things that "require" quantum physics are totally nonsensical. Dieter Cimbal, DVM, claims that direction shifts in flocks of birds are "instantaneous" (and only a "field" could explain how they could shift instantly). Actually, scientists have measured that direction shifts are NOT instantaneous; how the birds manage to do it is rather remarkable. I discussed the science in detail in a second blog entry: http://floatingbones.com/?p=171 .
Another major argument for "the field" is specialization of cells in a developing embryo. Another expert in the movie argues that "the field" is the only possible explanation. That is false: a 2006 scientific paper proposes a far simpler mechanism for cellular specialization in the developing embryo. I provide links to that paper in my review.
No direct evidence for a quantum physics "field" impacting our health is ever presented. None of the experts are physicists. No links to any published scientific papers linking quantum physics to are health are provided, Yet expert after expert talks about this thing as if it's real (i.e. evidence-based). For a film to claiming to be about science, this is unconscionable behavior.
A major irony is that real science is indeed happening in alternative health/healing. Many scientists are publishing papers. I personally follow fascial research in detail ( see www.fasciacongress.com ) and have a sense of wonders of the discoveries happening in that field.
I'd welcome further comment here or on my blog. Thank you.
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