A compass points back to the future
Since there won’t be a new episode this week and since there has been a lot of discussion around space time theories on the forum lately, I’ve decided to post this in the “Theories” section of the site even though it’s more of an observation rather than a theory in the classical sense.
I’ve been looking for a true classic example of a paradox on Lost and believe I have found one. The paradox is not about a person, but about an object. The object in question is the infamous compass that was in Locke’s possession. The story goes – Some time between 1955 and 2004 during a flash Richard gives Locke a compass and tells him to give the compass back to him when they next meet (in the past). Locke flashes to the 50’s meets Richard and gives the compass to Richard. So if Richard gave John the compass in the future and John gives the compass to Richard in the past, what is the origin of the compass? This scenario presents itself as an example of an ontological paradox.
As defined in Wiki, this not only creates a loop, but a situation where these items have no discernible origin. Physical items are even more problematic than pieces of information, since they should ordinarily age and increase in entropy according to the Second law of thermodynamics. But if they age by any nonzero amount at each cycle, they cannot be the same item to be sent back in time, creating a contradiction unless it is a reproduced item such as a seed, spore, etc.
Anyway, it’s a small theory, but a prime and maybe only example of a provable paradox on the show so far. Thoughts????