May I Borrow A Cup Of Consciousness?
Recently I’ve been rewatching the film “What The bleep Do We Know?” (and also rereading the companion book by the same name) and some of the concepts in the film got me to thinking of a way to explain how the Losties consciousness are actually being connected. One of the questions that some scientests have been trying to answer with quantum physics is what exactly is consciousness? Another question some have tried to understand is where does consciousness actually exist? Some scientist think that conciousness, along with memory, may exist in quantum states outside of the brain. These ideas and questions are what got me to thinking. What if the Losties (actually everyone’s) consciousness actually resides in a realm outside of their bodies AND there is actually only one consciousness that all the versions of the Losties are continually sharing and have access to?
One of the more interesting things that scientists have found is that at the quantum level particles seem to be actually winking into and out of existence all the time. The question is where do the particles go when they leave our universe? Some believe that they actually go into other universes. So what if the Losties consciousness is doing the same thing? Based on this concept and what some New Age thinkers believe about the Akashic Records ( the vast realm where all the information in the universe is stored and underlies all of existence) this is what I believe is going on with the Losties linked in both of the universes. I’ll use Hurley as an example with this. although there are many Hurlies in many universes there is only one consciousness that is “Hurley.” Now this consciousness is shared by all the different versions of Hurley and very quickly jumps between all the different versions. This happens so fast that Hurley doesn’t realize that it actually happens. However, each version of Hurley only has access to that part of the conciousness that directly effects him i.e. memories. The whole consciousness, however, actually stores all the memories of all the Hurlies. Now, with the detonation of Jugghead, it is possible for the differnt versions of Hurley to access the information stored in his conciousness about the other versions of Hurley. Some of the Losties, like Libby and Charlie, seem to be more aware of this and Libby’s encounter with Hurley triggered his awareness of the other Hurley versions.
A good way to illustrate what I am proposing is to think about how the internet works. I’ll use email as an example. If you’re like most people you have your email account with a provider such as Yahoo or Google. Your email is not actually on your computer but stored on a server somewhere. You access your account and recieve all the email meant for you on that server. But what if something happens and you are suddenly able to access all the other emails stored on that server? This is basically similar to what I am thinking is going on with the Losties and their consciousness.
Now Desmond seems to be a slightly different case. Due to exposure to extremely high levels of electromagnetism he is able to access the different parts of his consciousness that pertain to his alternate versions at will. He now has access to all of his information and can utilize it. In this sense Desmond has become an administrator to his consciousness. Think of his consciousness in a similar way as how the admin for this site has more access in order to keep the site running smoothly.
For myself, this is an easy way to understand the link that the Losties are shareing with their alternate versions. If you think of it in terms of how computers and the internet works it is easy to see what is going on. Whatever explaination we ultimately get I believe that this is an interesting scenario to consider.