LOST Power

We had a bad thunderstorm pass through Indianapolis yesterday, and there’s a power line down in my back yard. If I blog, it will be from the office (where I came this morning not first and foremost to blog, but to move the contents of our freezer into our nice new empty office fridge’s freezer).

There’s a lot of discussion of LOST around the blogosphere (and presumably in lots of places). Bob Cornwall has blogged about the rise and fall of Jeremy Bentham and more on LOST and Jeremy Bentham. The idea of a panopticon, a prison in which prisoners are observed without knowing they are being observed, ties in to something I realized after the season finale. The whispers that have been around since the show’s beginning clearly in the finale preceded a stealth attack by the Others. Perhaps the best explanation of what is going on is that the Others (at least, the original inhabitants of the island who are among them) are able to go into the future and thus seem to appear out of nowhere, observing what people are doing and then suddenly showing up. The ghostly whispers are the sound of them moving through time into the present.
When the island vanished, it was not because it moved in space but because it moved ahead in time (remember the rabbit that was sent to the future in the Orchid Station video). It only appeared to vanish. Perhaps the original inhabitants of the island have the ability to do that too, and it is only to move the whole island that a more drastic procedure is involved.
Carmen Andres has been LOST in thoughts of community, while Ken Brown has been thinking about sacrifice and selfishness on LOST. The show must intend to raise these issues of ethics, morality, and interpersonal relationships, since the name John Locke, and his alias Jeremy Bentham, both are taken from historic moral philosophers (Evolving Thoughts discusses that other John Locke). See too Matthew Gilbert’s piece in the Boston Globe about LOST (HT SF Signal). IO9 has other thoughts on the finale, and real fans will want to see the alternate endings that were shot to keep the actual ending a secret.
There’s also a special report on the Singularity, and Ian McEwan on the end-times mentality (also here). John Pieret finds another instance of creationist reality that looks like a parody. Larry Moran comments on the AAAS statement that religion and science are compatible. Vridar continues discussing Craig Evans’ Fabricating Jesus. And last but not least, Ken Schenck has a guest post on monotheism (oh how I wish my book on the subject was out already!).

Biblical Studies Carnival February 2015
The End Is Not Near
More Monotheism