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Topic: Before you watch it tonite: Mnemosyne & LOST

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 04/08/2009

Hi Greg!

The Writer & Philosopher Douglas St. Clair Smith brought this Wiki article to our attention this morning to kick around for a while:

http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Apophenia#Forced_Connections

As he's extremely interested in how Apophenia works in Human Consciousness. And he came to view LOST only recently, the first TV show he's watched regularly in decades...he did one of those Marathon DVD viewings to "Catch Up" having heard the lot of us go off about the show for a while.

I'd just skimmed the above article during our session over it, but went back and did a close read, and found this way down in it:

'Mrs. Hawking's line "The universe, unfortunately, has a way of course correcting" from "Flashes Before Your Eyes" has led some fans to speculate that everything that ever happened on Lost is related to universal "course corrections". The crash of Oceanic Flight 815? A course-correction, because all of the survivors had evaded death before. All the deaths since then? Another course-correction. The Others? Servants of the universe bringing forth course-corrections. And so on.'

Sounds like the Function of a "Healthy and Integrated" Mnemosyne from CITY.

There was a link on course corrections in that original passage I quoted above

http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Course_correcting

The Time Travel aspect of The Universe of LOST is one without the possibility of Paradox, Alternates, etc.

A Mnemoysne type "Structure/Process" Turbo-Charged?

Something in the MIX is always correcting things, though cause and effect often loop on themselves, such as last week's Jack not Helping Young Ben actually leading to the events that make Ben, well Ben.

Anyway, just some things to think about before tonite's episode.

MG

Re: Before you watch it tonite: Mnemosyne & LOST

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/15/2009

Catching up with LOST last week--seems to me they're working through an intricate and fairly well-thought-out variation on fixed and interwoven time lines and time travel. Of course, Mnemosyne is in part a bit of self-satire at how novelists (and screenwriters) improve their own rough drafts...

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