A theory about LOST

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I can sum up what I’m about to say with Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law:

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

All the spooky things that are going on? Disabled people walking again? Weird things happening?

Yesterday and last night, I was exchanging e-mails with Warren Bell after he made a post about LOST over on a blog he posts to. He’d seen the logo near the back fin of the shark that had been circling Sawyer and Michael. I wrote to see if he’d seen “the numbers” on the drug that Desmond was injecting himself with, and a couple of other weird things.

In the exchanges of e-mail, I wrote about what I thought was going on in the show. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the theory I’d come up with. It explains a lot of things that have happened on the show. Not everything, but a lot of things.

It’s all technology. More specifically, nanotechnology and genetics. Nano-technology is (very basically) very very small machines that work together to achieve a certain goal. Right now, people are working on nano-tech that can do things like repair arteries. Glenn Reynolds (the Instapundit guy) has written quite a bit about nano-technology. Take a look at what he’s written.

I know you’re already thinking that nanotechnology is a recent idea… but it’s not. It was first suggested by Richard Feynman in 1959 in a lecture entitled There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom.

This is going to skip around a lot, so bear with me here.

First of all, the people on the island are making a lot of assumptions about monsters…the “security system”, the sickness that Danielle (the French woman) says her companions all died of. Assumptions that I think are all wrong.

The polar bear

What the heck is a polar bear doing on a tropical island? A popular bear probably couldn’t survive very long in an environment like that. What if the bear had been genetically altered to survive in that environment? It’s probably not the only bear on the island either. Danielle (the French woman) told Sayid when he was captured that there were more bears on the island. A big tip-off to this was the shark with that logo near it’s back fin. That would be the sort of thing you’d see on animals scientists had been experimenting on.

The “security system”.

Danielle told Jack that the weird (and loud) thing on the island was a security system, that was protecting the island. At the end of last season, we finally get to see part of what might be attacking people. It looked like black smoke, but behaved like a swarm. A swarm of what?

The “disease”

Everyone’s been making the assumption that since Danielle refers to people “getting sick” that it’s a disease that infected the rest of her party on the island. She never specifically said that it was some sort of disease. She just said they got sick, and that she shot the rest of her party when “It took them”.

She also said:

DANIELLE: “It took them… One after the other. I had no choice. They were already lost.”

SAYID: “You killed them.”

DANIELLE: “What would have happened if we were rescued? I couldn’t let that happen. I won’t!”

What if it’s not really a disease that’s infecting people?

What if the swarm and the disease are releated somehow? What could that be?

My guess is that several types of nano-technology have been set up to guard the island, or that got loose on the island. The swarm is really just a large number of very small machines that are guarding certain parts of the island.

The “disease” really isn’t a disease at all. It’s nanotechnology that invaded people’s bodies.

Sarah and Locke regaining use of their legs

We’ve seen two instances now of people that were unable to walk regain the use of thier legs. Locke, and Sarah. (Sarah was the woman at the hospital that Jack operated on, and eventually married). What if these two things were releated?

Think about this: Jack operates and thinks he failed to help Sarah regain the use of her legs. He goes running, and meets up with Desmond who said he studied to be a doctor, but now is training for a race around the world.

JACK: I told her — I made her a promise I couldn’t keep — I told her I’d fix her and I couldn’t. I failed.

DESMOND: Right. Just one thing — what if you did fix her?

JACK: I didn’t.

DESMOND: But what if you did?

JACK: You don’t know what you’re talking about, man.

DESMOND: I don’t? Why not?

JACK: Because with her situation that would be a miracle, brother.

DESMOND: Oh, and you don’t believe in miracles?

What if Jack really didn’t have anything to do with repairing Sarah’s legs so that she could walk? What could have helped her?

Nano-technology. It repaired her legs.

The implications of THAT are pretty impressive. How could Desmond get into the hospital to do that? He wouldn’t have done it just on a whim, right? There probably had to be some sort of organization behind it. More on this in a minute.

What if the same thing had happened to Locke on the island? What if stray nano-tech had found him, entered his body and repaired his legs?

Remember how Danielle cautioned Sayid to watch people to make sure they’re not acting strangely?

No one been acting more strangely than Locke has. What if the nano-tech were controlling him to some extent? He started to lose the use of his legs in one episode, and then regained them, if he had nano-tech inside him, that might be the answer.

The really bad implication of this would be that Locke might be doomed because of it. That’d be a shame, because he’s a good character.

Jack’s Dad

What if Jack’s father knew all about it already? What if Jack’s father had been on the whole nano-technology testing, and had given permission for Sarah to be injected so that the nano-tech could repair her legs? That could mean that Desmond and Jack’s father actually knew each other. It would explain why, of all places, that Jack’s father headed to Australia.

Jack’s father died of a heart attack, and Jack wanted to get his father’s body on the plane. Jack follows a mysterious man in a dark suit around the island, only to discover it might by his father. At the time I thought that Jack was hallucinating, but what if he wasn’t? What if Jack’s father was killed by having the nano-tech injected into him, and when his body got back on the island it re-animated? It helped Jack find the fresh water supply, but the body ended up missing. I don’t like the implications of nano-controlled dead bodies. I hope that’s not part of the story line.

The numbers

I have no idea what’s going on with those numbers. The only thing I can think of is that once the number sequence is stated or used, it has to be used over and over again, or bad things continue to happen. That might be why Hurley is having such bad luck, and the reason that Desmond needs to keep repeatedly entering those numbers into the computer.

The numbers on the bottle Desmond used

You might have noticed that “the numbers