SchrÃ¶dinger’s Cat and the Alternate Timeline
Quick little theory that I had since episode one of Season Six, yet only getting round to posting it now (namely because I had forgotten Schrodinger’s name and therefore couldn’t explain it without reference to his philosophy).
I will firstly refer you to the fountain of all knowledge, so please have a quick gloss over, as you may find Wikipedia easier to understand than my explanation:
Schrondinger hypothesised as follows:
“A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter, there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of the hour, one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges, and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has decayed. The psi-function of the entire system would express this by having in it the living and dead cat (pardon the expression) mixed or smeared out in equal parts.”
If this has melted your head, a simpler explanation was given in FlashForward, Season One, Episode 6 (ironically and interestingly by our very own Dominic Monaghan). Imagine you have a small kitten, and you put it in a box, along with a poisoned sardine. You wait. Assuming the kitten has eaten the sardine, it will have died. If it hasn’t, it is still alive. Up until the point at which you open the box, the kitten is BOTH dead and alive. Two seperate scenarioes.
Now in relation to the bomb. What of it? If it explodes, then I would suppose the Alt. Timeline is the likely consequence. If it doesn’t, the Losties are time-warped back to 2007, and arrive at the Temple etc.
Basically, if this theory of the Schrodinger’s cat applies, it would lead me to believe neither timeline is correct or incorrect, in existence or inexistent. Not until it is revealed what actually happened to the bomb. And dramatically speaking, wouldn’t it be much more interesting if we never found out what happened to the bomb? We don’t have to choose between the two timelines.
The only thing I can’t account for is the conscious leaping from between the timelines. Although if you refer to the an excellent theory by the witty Achalli: https://www.theoriesonlost.com/2010/04/may-i-borrow-a-cup-of-consciousness/, everything fits fine!
PS. Although I read similar theories poking to the same idea as mine, I simply thought I should go ahead and post this anyway, so sorry if you have posted something similar, and if you have, please link me to it as i’d love to read it!