Possibility Waves Revisited
Last night’s episode which showed Desmond’s consciousness actually visiting the alternate universe was one of the best episodes of season 6. While pondering the events of the episode and specificaly Faraday’s reference to Quantum Mechanics I realized that I may have done a theory already that could explain what is now happening to Desmond. It also may be able to explain what is happening to Hurley. the name of the theory is “Surfing the Possibility Waves” and I will include it in the body of this theory for the sake of those who may not have seen it the first time when it was posted in December.
One of the storylines that has been captivating us on Lost is that of Desmond. It is through Desmond that we were eased into accepting that time travel was integral to Lost and has led many of us to put our minds into overdrive to figure out what is going on. But just how was he able to see into the future and perceive the different deaths of Charlie? I’ve been recently reading a book called “Beyond the Bleep” which is a companion piece to the film “What the Bleep Do We Know” and contains an article about one of the scientists who contributed to the film, Fred Alan Wolf, who based his theory on a concept proposed by John G. Cramer.
One explanation of how Desmond foresaw Charlie’s death may be an adaptation of the ‘Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics’ (TIQM). John G. Cramer first proposed this interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. This is how it basically works. A real event (E1 for event 1) sends out what Cramer calls an “offer wave,” but it sends a wave both to the past and to the future. Now an event in the future (I’ll call that PE for possible event) also sends out offer waves to the past and the future. The two waves meet up and if they are in phase, cancel each other out which in turn causes the PE to become a real event (E2) with E1 as its cause.
Now the scientist Fred Alan Wolf took this concept a step further. He has proposed that there is an infinite possibility of events in the future. Each of these events is sending offer waves into the past. If any one of these waves is in phase with the event sending waves to the future that is the possibility that becomes real while all the others remain in the realm of possibility.
Now Mr. Wolf also believes that our brains are constantly looking into the future and scanning all the possibilities. Our brains then return to the present with the information it has gathered and selects the action to take to make the possibility it wants to become real happen. But we are unaware that this is going on. But what if we were made aware?
This is what I think happened to Desmond. The release of energy and Desmond’s proximity to it after he turned the failsafe key caused his consciousness to become aware of his brain scanning the future. When he was near to the point where Charlie’s death was immanent he became aware of the wave coming back from the future consciously but because he was actually before the event happened he was able to modify the event so that a different set of waves were sent into the future. When this happened it set up a course of events that would lead to a different possible death for Charlie.
The above is the original theory. Here is a link to the article that summerrizes all of this
After last nights episode I believe that this is what is going on with Des. HOWEVER, this is happening across two universes. I believe that with this method the Desmond we’ve come to know and love will be a liason to the alt Desmond in order to get all the alt Losties together in order to help Widmore in the war against Smokey.
But wait, there’s more. I think that this may be the answer to what is happening to Hurley. Maybe he isn’t talking to the dead but instead is talking to the ALTERNATE versions of them in the alternate universe. Assuming that the alternate Desmond contacts all the Losties, including the ones who have died in the original universe, they somehow contact Hurley in order to guide him in what to do. We have seen with Desmond that huge amounts of E/M energy is needed to initiate this process. To the best of my knowledge, with a couple of exceptions, all the dead people that Hurley has talked to have been in the Swan and were exposed to the E/M energy also, although not as much as Desmond. I believe that all of this is a plausible explaination to Desmond and Hurley.