I decided to see “What The (Bleep) Do We Know!?” (sic!). I had avoided this film, as it looked like what Murray Gell-Mann calls quantum flapdoodle - distortions of quantum physics to support a mystical viewpoint. But the “what the bleep” meme is growing, so I decided I should see it for myself. Now I’ve seen it I can confirm that it does distort quantum physics to support a mystical viewpoint. But it is much more than that. Much worse. Hilariously so, in fact.
Many years ago I had the privilege of doing some work for a vice president of marketing — I’ll call him Joe — who was, without doubt, the nicest executive I’ve ever met. (Yes, I know I just damaged my curmudgeonly reputation by admitting this.) Joe was close to retirement when I met him. He’d been a marketing exec for about a zillion years, and had great stories to share. This is about one of them.
Part of what made Joe special was that he saw the people who worked for him (both staff and independent professionals) as real human beings, not just as chess pieces to help him achieve his goals. He seemed to have a permanently rosy view of human nature. In spite of this, I never tried to take advantage of him — that would have made me feel like a heel. Nonetheless, to tell you the truth, I did think Joe was a little naive; I thought he was incapable of understanding that people might try to take advantage of his niceness, to manipulate him. I certainly never thought him capable of manipulating anyone else. One day I discovered I was wrong.