With tonight’s Lost episode merely hours away, it’s a good time to look at a HUGE clue last week’s “The Constant” gave us. We’re on the verge of finally understanding the mystery behind 4 8 15 16 23 42.
Did you catch the numbers in Faraday’s notebook? If not, here it is again.
The page says: “Set the machine to 2.342.” This was part of an explicit instruction on how Faraday could send his rat’s “mind” into the future. So, the last four numbers are coordinates for time travel (at least as far as Faraday’s machine works.) It seems logical that the earlier numbers in the set are also part of the coordinates.
Perhaps the numbers are spacetime coordinates, helping people get to the island without side effects. Or perhaps they are coordinates for creating a time travel/time loop that the island is caught in (I’ll broach this theory in a future post.)
If the numbers entail a type of spacetime coordinate for the island, this could be why they were once broadcast on a continual loop from the island’s radio station. Perhaps those that understood the meaning of the coordinates (i.e. DHARMA), could use the numbers to get to the island safe & sound.
On an interesting note, mysterious stations that broadcast numbers are not unique to the Lost universe. In fact, they’re a current mystery today. Check out this intriguing article on Wikipedia. Here’s a quick recap:
“Numbers stations are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. They generally broadcast voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters (sometimes using a radio alphabet), tunes or morse code. The voices that can be heard on these stations are often mechanically generated. They are in a wide variety of languages, and the voices are usually women’s, though sometimes men’s or children’s voices are used. Evidence supports popular assumptions that the broadcasts are channels of communication used to send messages to spies.”
The description illustrates the island’s numbers station broadcasts perfectly. This is why I believe the broadcast was a set of coordinates or instructions designed only to be understood by people involved with DHARMA. Either the numbers are coordinates for reaching the island, or they are part of a mathematical equation for achieving a type of time travel directly related to the island itself.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this theory!