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To Sean Sheep, On Lost And The Freedom of Faithfully Scientific Interpretation

Rtozier May 20, 2010 User blog:Rtozier

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Reading a post by Sean Sheep in which he explained that he has fallen out of love with Lost due to a perception that the writers are scienceophobic, I felt compelled to write this as a rallying cry.

To Sean Sheep, Perhaps you're right. Perhaps the writers of Lost have turned the show in their heads into a religion. That doesn't mean, however, that we have to accept this. We can interpret it scientifically, even though we cannot analyse it scientifically in the same detail as we can the real world. Also, I don't agree that all faithful have been proved right and scientists wrong. In this circumstance the faith of Locke and others was eventually proven to chime right with the rational facts. I like to think that if someone had gone up to Season One Jack and said "This guy Locke. He's right, but for the wrong reasons. Let me explain. In the future you're going to time travel back to the past. The island's kind of important for the world. The guy who guards it saw you in the past and knew that you and your friends were part of the Valenzetti Equation and used the Dharma Initiative to subliminally attract you to the island. Also he touched you himself to help this happen via transferring unique island-attracted electromagentism onto your DNA. Basically he needs you to kill this evil dude whom he physically can't without destroying the world. Just socialise a bit and you'll all be ready to help kill this guy." That would have explained everything far more succinctly and convincingly than Locke's faith in the island. Also, Locke, the island man of faith, died in Season 5, and Daniel Faraday died only after he abandoned his scientifically sound WHH theory (which I still say is impossible to contradict) because he was in denial that he couldn't save Charlotte. I therefore submit to you that Lost's writing team are not scienceophobic. Nor are they faithophobic. They emphasise that, in Lost, faith turned out to be right for the wrong reasons, while science (by which I mean scepticism) turned out to be wrong for the right reasons, and only by working together (i.e. faith in themselves/each other not some antediluvian deity) could they achieve their destiny, a phrase scientifically explained by the WHH principle. Of course, the writers could be scienceophobic. Equally strange things have happened. However, the writers are the conduits of the story, and I shall treat the story faithfully scientifically, and the writers merely as the tools for telling it, to whom I am grateful but not worshipful. An example: when Jacob and Jack talked about killing MIB, I cheered. Finally an in-show confirmation of what I have been saying for weeks: Of course he can be killed. Such is the world of science, and there is no other world. The story, i.e. WHH, is definitely not scienceophobic. I will give the writers the benefit of the doubt that neither are they.

I retain hope that the castaways' stories will be resolved, and faith that the Island is not an unscientific entity.

Hope that wasn't too long.

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