...because there was an article about Lost
in the NY Times! It jogged my memory!
Strangely, Pat's livejournal post about Lost
did not jog my memory.
I wanted to write about something else about quantum physics that wasn't lost related, but I totally forgot that part.
Anyway, it's obvious how one new part of the series functions and how it will be resolved.
Because of MAGICAL FUCKED UP TIME CONTINUUM SHIT created by the detonation of the h-bomb over the "magnetic anomaly" (here, I chuckle audibly at this cliched sci-fi plot device. Why does magnetism cause such fucked up shit to happen? Should there be minor anomalies in my refrigerator from all the magnets?!?) there are two realities that exist.
It's Schrodinger's Cat! It is dead AND alive because it exists as two wave functions. The survivors are both SAFE in LA having never crashed on the island AND back on the island.
Just like Schrodinger's Cat is both dead and alive (Two wave functions) until it is observed (if you subscribe to a certain brand of quantum physics) the survivors exist in both states as a wave function until they are "observed." Then, when the wave function collapses, one reality will be determined.... the point where PROBABILITY BECOMES REALITY! Of course, this is if you subscribe to the Copehagen Interpretation. If you subscribe to the Many Worlds Interpretation, this probably works differently. I don't like the Many Worlds Interpretation because I think the whole wave function collapse thing is awesome.
The "observing" will probably be accomplished through some sort of cliched plot device where someone has to make a choice. I wager it will probably be a character with a romantic interest in one of the other characters who will have to make it as though they have never met if they choose the non-island crash version of events. OH GOD, THE SUFFERING.
Anyway, I wanted my prediction to be in writing. I am quite the amateur when it comes to quantum physics, so feel free to correct me or do your own research. This isn't gospel!
Here is a link that I think may be helpful
for anyone who wants to understand the difference between the Copenhagen Interpretation and the Many Worlds Interpretation without putting too much energy into it. You need only read the part labeled "NATURE OF COLLAPSE."