The Correction Factor – Whatever Happened, Tries to Happen

This is actually an idea I came up with when discussing how Faraday’s plan to stop the Incident cannot work. It’s not a very serious theory, but an interesting idea. Basically, the idea revolves around the Correction Factor, the one constant that Faraday forgot to include in his equations. See, here time isn’t like stone, as in unchangeable, but it also isn’t like clay, being molded into any shape. In this case, time is more like thick rubber; you can change the shape, but it requires extra effort. The number that determines the energy you need is the Correction Factor. We’ll say is can be represented by K. The larger the value of K, the more energy you need to change time. However, K alone doesn’t determine it. It also depends on the number of variables (people, signals, or influences trying to change time; the number of variables will be V) and the difference between the energy usage of the consequences without the change (B) and with the change (A). So, for example, the energy needed to change a certain event may be determined, for example, by something like E = K(B-A)/V. Of course, this only works if K has a value greater than one. If K has a value less than one, the equation might be more like this: E = K(B-A)V. Now, these are just simple examples of the concept. The point is that the more consequences an event has, the harder it is to change, while the more variable it has, the easier it is to change. So, this explains Desmond changing Charlie’s immediate future. The consequences of Charlie dying would not have been exceedingly great, so the energy expended by Desmond’s body when saving Charlie would be enough to compensate. However, now you must consider the consequences of stopping the Incident. The energy needed to stop the Incident would have to compensate for all of the following:

  • The energy release during the Incident.
  • The energy used to contain the electromagnetism
  • The construction of the button
  • Possibly the Purge, for it may never have happened if the Incident hadn’t occurred
  • The Numbers
  • Desmond’s arrival and later occupancy at the Swan
  • The crash of Oceanic 815
  • All that happened to the survivors, esp. the opening and implosion of the hatch
  • The freighter
  • Moving the Island, and the resulting time skips
  • The Oceanic Six’s escape and life off the Island
  • The return of the Oceanic Six
  • The and resurrection of Locke
  • Christian Shepard
  • The survivors at the DHARMA Initiative

As you can see, that is a LOT of energy. In fact, a heck of a lot more than even a hydrogen contains. In other words, Daniel Faraday’s plan cannot compensate for all that has happened, and therefore will FAIL. Thoughts, please.

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Mixen Dixon

Hey, I'm Mixen Dixon. I'm a somewhat nerdy teenager, being very enthusiastic about theoretical physics and computers (check me out on LOST is one of my favorite shows. I love to figure out scientific explanations of things that occur in LOST, which is why Daniel Faraday was my fav. character until he died. Too bad.

2 thoughts on “The Correction Factor – Whatever Happened, Tries to Happen

  1. We all assume that the ‘event’ is something that Dharma did. Is this set in stone anywhere in any of the timelines? Maybe the incident is actually caused by the ‘losties’ trying/succeeding to explode the hydrogen bomb??

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