Originally Posted by VisionOn
How do the numbers control it, if the power has always been there? It doesn't seem to make a difference to their regenerative abilities whether someone is pushing the buttons or not. When they crashed it was apparently under Desmond's control, now it isn't.
Plus it doesn't explain the constant appearance of the numbers in the outside world.
I think the regenerative properties of the island are just that. Increased healing ability. Everything else I put down to the influence and technology of Dharma.
Well, this brings me to the nature of the numbers themselves, and a question that I have had for a long, long time, relating to the flashbacks. We know on the island the numbers meant something. Off the island, they only meant something to Hurley, it seems. Since the hatch exploded, the incidence of "number spotting" in flashbacks have gone to nearly zero (the only one I have caught this season were the "108" cases of wine Desmond was shipping.)
Which leads me to the flashbacks. Are we to assume that the flashbacks are what has really happened in the past, or what the Losties remember happening in the past? These are two very different things. If it truly is what the Lostie is "remembering", then the numbers can have a very easily-explained reason for being present--because they are somehow "implanted" into the memories of the Losties, so when they do "flashback", they are everywhere. Hurley is susceptible to mental illness--perhaps he is more susceptible the numbers' influence on the island, and they permeate his flashbacks.
But you may say--c'mon, Hurley's flashbacks have been very specific about the numbers, and they are the reason he was in Australia to begin with. Well, we know Hurley has difficulty, at times, separating reality from fiction (Dave)--perhaps all or most or even some of his flashbacks are not true, as he remembers them?
Oh, and one point about resurrection. Although I don't completely agree that this is what is going on on the island, you can certainly have resurrection as part of science fiction with being completely beholden to the mystical--two examples, the new Battlestar Galactica, and has anyone read the "Riverworld" series by Philip Jose Farmer?