"Why We Do Stuff!" is an exploration into why humans do the things they do.

Type: Reality

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2015-09-04

Why We Do Stuff! - David Albert - Netflix

David Z. Albert, Ph.D., is Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy and Director of the M.A. Program in The Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Columbia University in New York. He received his bachelor's degree in physics from Columbia College (1976) and his doctorate in theoretical physics from The Rockefeller University (1981) under Professor Nicola Khuri. Afterwards he worked with Professor Yakir Aharonov of Tel Aviv University. Albert has published three books (Quantum Mechanics and Experience (1992), Time and Chance (2000) and After Physics (2015)), as well as numerous articles on quantum mechanics. His books have been both praised and criticized for their informal, conversational style. In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Why We Do Stuff! - Appearance in What the Bleep Do We Know!? - Netflix

Albert appeared in the controversial movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004). According to an article published in Popular Science, he was “outraged at the final product.” The article states that Albert granted the filmmakers a near-four hour interview about quantum mechanics being unrelated to consciousness or spirituality. His interview was then edited and incorporated into the film in a way that misrepresented his views. In the article, Albert also expresses his feelings of gullibility after having been “taken” by the filmmakers. Although Albert is listed as a scientist taking part in the sequel to What the Bleep, called “Down the Rabbit Hole”, this sequel is a “director's cut”, composed of extra footage from the filming of the first movie. The “Down the Rabbit Hole” version features David as the first subject in the interview portion of the film. In that interview he expresses his disagreement with the major thrust of the original “What the Bleep Do We Know!?”

Why We Do Stuff! - References - Netflix