Strange Matters

Strange Matters

2015, Science  -   55 Comments
Ratings: 3.78/10 from 321 users.

Social psychologist Erich Fromm once said, "A technological civilization is programmed by the principal that something ought to be done if it is technologically possible. If it is possible to make nuclear weapons, they must be built even if they destroy us all." So it is in the world of science as it is practiced today. The ambitious and beautifully produced new documentary Strange Matters shows us a scientific landscape populated by the most brilliant minds of our time - all collectively accelerating discoveries which could hold the power to destroy us all.

Such a discovery was made in August of 2014, when researchers at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York uncovered the means by which to manufacture strange matter, a quark liquid which existed billions of years ago and is thought to have played a key role in the Big Bang. When properly manipulated, this liquid quark serves as the most explosive element in the known universe, and can consume and destroy all planetary mass.

The accomplishments and capabilities of the nuclear science industry are advancing at a rapid pace, but at what cost to the future of humanity? Spokespersons for the industry itself downplay these risks by appealing to the public's insatiable appetite for innovation. Many of the eye-opening revelations presented in Strange Matters lie in stark contrast to our general view of science as a positive force for the betterment of mankind. As explained by Otto Rossler, one of the founders of Chaos Theory and a valuable contributor to the film, "Science sometimes is dangerous to sustainability."

This dynamic is apparent throughout the history of scientific innovation, particularly in the doomsday functions of an invention such as the atom bomb. The film argues that current research involving particle manipulation and manmade black holes carry the threat of even greater devastation.

Strange Matters contains ample servings of dense scientific data, but presents this challenging information in a clear and easily digestible manner. Beyond the science, however, lies a troubling ethical conundrum: just because our species has the curiosity and power of invention needed to unravel these scientific mysteries, does that mean that we should?

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David Dieni
1 year ago

I am a transistorized, transgenderized, transmogrified, trans-human
A corporatized, commercialized, industrial strength consumer
A goal setting, gym sweating, debt fretting freak
A social climbing net worker that's always on heat
I got my education majoring in indoctrination
Where they taught me to comply, to never question why
And so I'm chasing an illusion of success that's a delusion
That's sending me insane, exploding my brain
And as we teeter on the brink, soon to be extinct
I always wear a smile, coz I'm living in denial

Criminal psychosis

If consumer culture were a separate individual and assessed psychiatrically, its diagnosis would be criminal psychosis of the most fiendish variety. But since its lunacy is agreed upon, we lap it up.

Like psychopathic dung beetles, we let future generations pay as we roll up the latest cultural excretions, coming away with everything except the love that faded as life became a romance with the appetites. In a system that hawks selfishness, vanity and exhibitionism, we become easily excited with the fake orgasm of trappings and tantalizations. Once sold on ourselves, we can be wooed by the most impoverished of ambitions, from ‘having it all’ and ‘living the dream’ right on down to ‘making it to the top’.

Conformity usually reassures, even when a culture is morbidly sick. What makes our rampage so titillating is that it is bound up with cultural heroism. Excess, over-indulgence, over-consumption, dandyism, stylish indifference – all part of the act, all trumpets of conquest, prosperity, success and ‘being somebody’.

Positivity-peddlers are working overtime, but the big picture is sobering. Consumerism and predatory capitalism are not viable long-term organizing principles for a society. Our myths about progress, superfluous wealth, limitless expansion and endless resources are formulas for global ruin. Hyper-competitive individualism is a lonely straitjacket that fuels frustration, alienation and rage. Freedom has cheapened into a demeaning free-for-all in a prison of petty wants. As a springboard to happiness, emotional health and social wellbeing, ‘the good life’ is an exhausting flop.

3 years ago

This documentary provides many insights including the origins of Nobel the Merchant of Death and the evolution of the nuclear industry. It explains the process of how we got to this point and the trail of warnings and reflection from Einstein through to present day personalities.
The nuclear industry is powerful and is effective at self-promotion and misinformation. We should pay attention to the connection between Nobel awards and support for the nuclear industry.
This is not a slick production and does not aim to entertain. Some scenes of children harmed by Chernobyl are difficult to watch. This film is complemented nicely by John Pilger's documentary on the Bikini Islands. Thank you for providing an informative and meaningful documentary.

Jim Doucet
3 years ago

In a media culture, if an idea can be presented which will, in any manner, connect with the culture of fear, it must and will be presented as such.

winter andresen
3 years ago

i think you guys protest too much, for some reason

5 years ago

What a stupid paranoid and MISINFORMING idiotic "documentary"

5 years ago

what nonsense

6 years ago

What a sissy video. I think we should take more and bigger risks and soon.

6 years ago

Sub par garbage

6 years ago

it is remarkable how angry are the commenters, obviously they are a bit afraid it is all truth. Nothing ore obvious that the anger of people to prove something is right when it does not make happy. Man up children, death is 1/2 of reality and 'shooting the messenger' does not help to survive

Geoffrey Raleigh
6 years ago

Mockumentary. Wild conclusions based on overreached, overstretched correlations.

6 years ago

"Fetishist machines" oh man you lost me. The way this film gleans clips from other documentaries. The way its twists opinions. Wilczek really should sue for this garbage. The woman explaining about taking two things and smashing them together to look at the debris in the first 15 minutes or so is from a fantastic documentary which is on Netflix so go watch that instead

Nolin Charles
6 years ago

Propagandist bunk.

6 years ago

This should not even be categorized as a documentary. I'm a bit offended that it is.

Couldn't get past 12 minutes.

Quite unfortunate, as the description of the film made it sound very interesting.

I, too, vote this should be removed. It's not a documentary. It's propaganda in a rather blatant state.

Therese Langevin
7 years ago

I guess I'm interested in following up the citations shown at the beginning from CERNTruth and Brookhaven Newsroom etc about what's been discovered and the concerns expressed by Wilczek, Rossler, and Wagner in the paper about disaster scenarios. The information about Alfred Nobel was kind of cool too. (war profits funding the nobel prizes and the continued existence of his multinational corporation). I used to think Eisenhower was inconsequential until I read his speech about the military-industrial complex and I used to think LBJ was an bad warmongering president until I started reading about his successful push for civil rights legislation and the great society and how he got Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court. Real life is complicated, not just heros and villians. I thought this was an interesting film. Made me want to learn more.

7 years ago

Not science, guys. Wrong section.

Ugly Kid Joe
7 years ago

This is really, _really_ bad. I managed to watch 16 minutes, but then I realized I just can't. I wouldn't even call this a documentary, but if I did, I did, I would say it's the worst "documentary" I've ever seen. And I have seen my fair share of UFO and conspiracy stuff. This is more like psychotic hate speech than anything else.

7 years ago

sh*tty, biased, unsupported propaganda

7 years ago

I made a sandwich and decided to find a nice science documentary to watch, I wish I didn't click on this. This isn't a documentary, it's pure propaganda and nonsense. Saying scientists and engineers are basically worshiping the machines they create.

15:07 - "A tradition continued today by its modern practitioners who still develop their fetishistic machines with mystical creationist theories proposing an energy only universe" By modern practitioners the film is referring to modern scientists at places like CERN and such.

Honestly I think this video should be removed.

7 years ago

Went in expecting a science documentary on quantum mechanics, stopped watching after 10 minutes because the author is a goddamn idiot. This is not a science documentary this is anti-intellectual propaganda that should be banned on this website. We are here to learn or here to enjoy new theories, not to listen to some paranoid fool babble on about nonsense that damages, aside from space exploration perhaps the most important field known to human kind. Shame on every poor unintelligent person who created this load of crap.

7 years ago

Oh neat! Fear mongering propaganda is considered to be the same as a science documentary now? All hail the machine overlord!!!

7 years ago

Well, i must say that the method i use to recognize a research from a propaganda is that the first focus in presenting the results of an study and then theorize about what that could mean. An the word "could" is the really important factor because science always leaves an open door for possible error. Propaganda in the other hand will most of the time focus in convince you about something, there will no "could" in the results, the study will be analyzed in only one manipulated direction, discarding all other possibilities through the use of fear to maximize the impact on your opinion. So, for me, this video is clearly a propaganda, not science or research.
Finally, in this video you will see a lot of "it has not been proven" and then you will see proof to the oposite, but this proof will be equally arguable as the ones discarded. For me, that's a contradiction and this video is full of them.

P.S.: Acording to this video there is no possibility for the existence of supersymmetry. Without any proof they discard it just like that.

7 years ago

This is not a science documentary. This is utter BS.

7 years ago

Well, after about 12 minutes of this, it became apparent that this "documentary" is about as intellectually dishonest as it gets. But I get the feeling that the presumable science-hating right wing conservative Luddites who created this ridiculous piece of anti-intellectualism don't REALLY understand what they are criticizing or the role of physics and science, and their mis-estimation of which is just flat out painful in it's fear and paranoia. Just sheer nonsense. Shameful how far some of these nuts are willing to go to mislead and misinform.

Billy Tough
8 years ago

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Billy Tough
8 years ago

Also I still await cyberdog's reply but he declared he had won the argument, as he declared he INTUITIVELY knew the creators of this film made no research.

Billy Tough
8 years ago

leftOrRightLobe, there is no way for us to know how long this could take, they state that in the documentary, so why do you say it would be instant?

Saurabh Rao
8 years ago

The narration style gave a hint about the conspiracy style nonsense that was to follow. When the ham-handed graphics and the shots of screaming, panicking people came up, I knew it was time to give up.

8 years ago

Why it`s important to know how universe started? Why reproduce the B.B. ? Investing billions, why? What about the kids dying because there are no food for them? "Oh, they are not so many kids that are dying right now. Just ignore them. Knowledge is better than them." Maybe it`s propaganda movie, and i think it is, but the whole idea is "humanity on top of all other things in that stupid life on Earth like greed, selfish, pride, etc."

Russ Tul
8 years ago

There are no "small" black holes in the universe. There are only black holes, and the moment we should succeed in creating a "small" black hole in the laboratoy, it will instantly become a black hole like all the others, which will quickly proceed to first swallow our Earth and then the rest of the planets, etc. of our solar system and eventually our sun. But not to worry, in that case, our extinction on Earth would be instantaneous. All those black holes out there are simply proof that there have been "intelligent" beings in the universe, but that they all had the same built-in genetic flaw, namely boundless curiosity and fascination with technology. We and the other "intelligent" beings that still inhabit the universe are proof that we are not intelligent enough to make that fatal leap into extinction yet. The gods must have built this "curiosity barrier" to prevent beings like us from questioning their rule.

Oskaras Spalvys
8 years ago

Do not waste your time watching this. Flat earth theorists make more sense.

Laz Nikolaj Andersen
8 years ago

Warning this is not science its propaganda

8 years ago

reminds me of that whackey youtube video (an alex jones product,i believe) when aliens have possessed the 'demented scientist ' whilst opening a mini black hole in the LHC!

8 years ago

Maybe they answered this and I missed it but, did they say that a strangeling would fall to the centre of the earth and if so, why wouldn't it just fall out the other side? Secondly, was it said that black holes don't exist and then go on to state the dangers of accidentally making mini black holes at the LHC. Lastly, if they have already created big bang soup, why hasn't it eaten us yet. Sorry, I know I should have listened properly but I got a bit put off, felt like I was having Armageddon explained to me Sesame Street style. Actually, now I think of it, that's probably exactly what I need ;)

8 years ago

Ok... I am all about criticism of all aspects of everything. The activities of CERN should be criticized as should everything.

But this documentary, has some items that are difficult to research and plays upon the public's limited understanding of particle physics.

The same can be said about what CERN researchers are even studying and their methods.

The most damaging element of this doc's argument is that under it's own logic: mankind will find fire, attempt to understand it, then burn itself. This is inevitable.

So if we abolish particle experiments of this nature and prevent our destruction by some other means, someone, somewhere, will eventually stumble upon, theorist, and experiment with particles.

Sounds like doom and gloom brimstone reminiscent of popular beliefs many of the religious sect endear.

The saving grace of this situation, if the documentary is correct is that the destruction of our habitat will be nearly instantaneous.

8 years ago

If they somehow could miraculously manage to backup any of their propaganda with some factual information I would upgrade my rating of this documentary to intellectual masturbation. But it is not that it is only emotional warmongering, it also has all the facts so wrong it becomes ridiculous. And it is very clear that the misinformation is deliberate. I am not that clear on the reason, I am guessing that it is possibly due to them not having enough factual evidence to backup their stand. So they masterfully craft some. First they start off painting a picture of stringlets and the massive explosive power. Then they attempt to make it sound like what they are saying is factual by taking the scientists quotes completely out of context on a entire matter altogether. The scientists are speaking about creating of micro-black holes. Stringlets and black holes are two very different things that behave and work entirely differently. They also fail to mention that the black holes are not sustainable at that level, and are perfectly normal, they occur all the time on that scale around us and in the sun. This LHA experiment is just doing it under observable conditions. They also fail to to explain exactly how it will be possible to create enough stringlets to be of any use or of any danger. There is a much larger chance of the structure underground collapsing and the ground caving in. That same risk, albeit larger, will always be there for any tunnel or bridge. Should that now stop us from building bridges or tunnels?
It is just a whole truckload of misinformation paraded off as if it is some kind of religion. If you are going to have a go at discrediting science, at least try be less lazy and mentality challenged, and take the time to get the facts right.

Jim Green
8 years ago

The doc is "fear mongering" carried to new heights!

Luyang Han
8 years ago

I would rather call it conspiracy than science. So many errors there already in the first 10 minutes.