Wednesday, November 12, 2008

LT143: Oscillation


Not sure why this never crossed my mind before, but here goes. We start with Daniel’s instructions to Desmond about going back in 1996 and finding him at the college. He gave Daniel information that would convince the 1996-version of Daniel to believe Desmond. That advice was a setting of 2.342, an oscillation of 11 Hertz and a mouse named Eloise.

The 2.342 is use of the LOST numbers and we aren’t quite sure what this setting is applied to.


The 11 Hertz has some interesting finds on a Google search. Recent studies have revealed that a repetitive beat at 11 Hertz will relieve stress on the human body. More studies with muscle twitch also seem to have an important threshold of 11 Hz. For the most part this seems to be audio related which in turn impacts the human nervous and muscular systems.


I found literary references to a character in some children’s books. It also is the name a character in a move falls in love with and the actor is the same that plays Daniel Faraday.

Probably not related, but another fairly popular reference is that Eloise is the name of a mental hospital in Detroit, Michigan – same state as the DeGroots were studying. The name, the type of hospital and the state gave me three reference points to LOST but not much else. On a side note, the most famous patient of the hospital was Elijah McCoy. Again, the first name had a Bible connection, so I kept reading. I didn’t find much other than he was an inventor who owned 57 patents. His most famous invention was a device that allowed factory machines to be oiled while running – creating a major savings by avoiding lost production for machine shut-down time. It became so popular that buyers of factory machines would begin to ask, “Does it contain the real McCoy” and that is where we get our phrase “the real McCoy” today. Who knew LOST could be so educational?

Another side note to the hospital was that it sat on a very large property and tunnels existed to connect the various buildings.


Then it hit me: what if time is oscillating? What if sometimes time is ahead and sometimes behind the present?

First, let’s define oscillation – most use a pendulum to describe it as it swings back and forth. At any given point the pendulum is left of center or right of center. Compared to time, this means time can shift from ahead of schedule to behind schedule. It should be noted that the oscillation will be constant and predictable in most cases.

So now we can explain why the rocket payload arrived late from the Freighter and the doc with a throat problem arrived early. If we can figure out the oscillation pattern (every 108 minutes?) then we can know if time is ahead or behind with more precision. From what we know it can trail a few minutes (the rocket) or advance ten months (Ben in the desert).

This could also explain why people can only leave the island at a certain point in time – when the pendulum is at center point (when time is at the present with the off the island). Ben suggests this as well when he states, “The island is ready for you to leave.”

We need to add the unconsciousness to the equation. Daniel states that it is only the mind that travels back in time for Desmond. His body remained even though his mind was back in 1996. On the island the time oscillation might also explain then how Desmond can “see the future” for it is after all being shown to his unconscious mind.

Have you noticed how Locke says things like “It’s not supposed to happen this way” or “You’re not supposed to do this or that”? 99% of the time he looks confused as to what even what he is hearing come out of his mouth. This could be because his sub-conscious mind knows these events and it overlapping with his conscious mind – sort of like what happens when we dream.
Most of these visions we have observed happened while sleeping: Charlie’s religious dream with Aaron out in the ocean in a piano, Claire seeing Christian in the woods while sleeping or when she wakes screaming about a “dream”, Even Eloise, the mouse, looks dead while time travelling as did Desmond and that radio operator on the Freighter.

This might also explain the dead people on the island like Horace. Since the time is shifting, there are periods when the dead are “present” – like when Locke has a dream of the lumberjack building a shack.

If the mind is aware of time while the conscious portion is not, then it could help to explain healing on the island as the mind in a future state knows conflicts with knowledge that a wound continues to exist in the present. The result could be the body over-produces platelets to speed up healing. (Now if we could only make our bodies do this consciously!)

This might also explain the pregnancy problem. Imagine a fetus suddenly being thrust into the future where it expects to be free of its mother’s protection and care. All sorts of biological things happen differently after birth and if the baby’s mind thinks it should be breathing and tries…well, you get the idea. Combine this with the mother’s mind thinking it should be free from the caring of the baby and begins to reject the fetus.


If we are on to something then it could start to explain how something called a World Line is involved. Using Einstein’s theories we can begin to see the pattern of oscillation in time and space. If this theory holds true, then by monitoring the behavior of the island, one could begin to predict when things will happen – such as when the island is approachable or where it will be eligible to jump to next.

One theory floating out there focuses on the ledger from the Black Rock – the one purchased at the auction. With a little help from a compass (seen in the off-screen game) it seems as if the owner of the Black Rock was recording the island’s wormhole positions and trying to determine the pattern. Keep an eye on that book if it shows up again.

So how does one notate space and time? Well, we could safely guess that it would be coordinate of four numbers: three for width, depth and height and a fourth for time. 2.342, for example. 2 being a time reference, and 3, 4, and 2 being points of the three dimensions.

When we consider the possible ramifications of this, then everything turns into a mathematical equation. See back a few posts about the theorists who states the same thing in his multi-universe theory. Each constant then can be represented by a formula – think the Valenzetti Equation.

I’m not sure where this research leaves us, so if you notice ways to apply it, please drop a comment. But one thing is for sure, it seems to be getting closer to the answers we so desperately look for!


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