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  1. I'm pretty sure it's not tilt but rotate left and right; if there were no obstacles in front of me I'd gently swipe the remote back and forth constantly and remain upright throughout. Also, you can still hold A when crossing those tightropes. I found a flick of the wrist just as the net reaches the bug improved my chances of catching it dramatically.
  2. Well, well, well.

  3. As Lewis points out, that's not paradoxical: "Strange! But not impossible, and not too different from inexplicabilities we are already inured to. Almosst everyone agrees that God, or the Big Bang, or the entire infinite pastof the universe or the decay of a tritium atom, is uncaused and inexplicable." What would be paradoxical is the bomb going off and everything being changed, flight 815 never crashing etc. (Unless we start talking about different timelines, but I really do not see Lost doing that, not with only one season left.) The best stuff in Lewis's paper is on the grandfather parado
  4. A perhaps better way to explain things. Jack bites into an apple in 2007. He swallows that apple in 1977. What has happened? The temporal part of Jack that was his biting into the apple is followed by the temporal part of his swallowing the apple, just like normal. What isn't normal is that the first takes place at a later time than the second. Jack has not changed time by travelling back to an earlier period, it's just that he's an object whose story through time is not a single straight line. Time is such that the temporal location of every temporal part of every object is fixed. That
  5. It could be just like the compass, yes. But I don't remember Faraday ever using it like a 'predictor' of the future before, though that could just be my bad memory. The 'no matter what she does' is, in a sense, moot, because there's only one set of things that she will do i.e. what she will (or 'did') do. That doesn't explain why she, so to speak, 'chooses' to behave the way she does, but issues of free will under this view of time travel are murky at best. In a sense, it doesn't matter if there is or isn't a greater issue that Faraday's death permits because whatever happened, happened. M
  6. I suspect it's simpler than that. She sacrificed him because she (in the past) knows that she (in the future) will sacrifice him. There's nothing she can do to stop that from happening, because she's already killed him. No matter what she does in her future, he will go to the island. On the notebook, presumably the one she gave him was blank and he filled it in as he went, given what we previously knew about Faraday. But his actions in this episode imply the notebook was already filled in, that he was following its content, suggesting the one she gave to him when he graduated was the same
  7. It just does. Why does anything exist at all? The universe is just such that something exists, and it is just such that the compass exists with the worldline it has (again, to be understood tenselessly). 'Why' questions are essentially redundant: the story of the compass as we've seen it is the full story, and it looks like nothing more than a brute fact of existence that it permits such objects, at least as far as Lost goes: one of the nice things about the compass and, Desmond's remembering his conversation with Faraday aside, the way time travel is working in the series is that it is con
  8. It's not a paradox of any kind. Paradox involves inconsistency, contradiction. The compass has a perfectly consistent worldline, it just happens to be circular - or, since it makes sense to assume only one dimension of time is involved here, its latest* stage is contiguous with its earliest* stage, where asterisks indicate relative lateness and earliness strictly don't make sense when applied to the compass. It has, according to its chronology, no beginning, it has no end; that's weird and, as best we can tell, not what we commonly experience, but it involves no contradiction. The universe
  9. emps

    FNMDCSP Redux

    Come on now. We need more people.
  10. emps

    FNMDCSP Redux

    Sounds like a good candidate for a FNMDCSP.
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