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The "Resonating Universe" Theory


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I joined this board more than a year ago, back when I first saw The Lost Room miniseries, and I've loved it ever since. Back then I said I had a Theory in the making and that I'd post it soon. That obviously didn't happen... Now it has! After more than a year of thinking about it, watching the miniseries quite a few times and reading some books by Michio Kaku I think I've nailed it down. It's all very much pseudo-science, but what Theory isn't? emoticon

It's very long, and it took me quite a while to write down, a little over 7 hours spread around three days, I think. I tried to divide it into sections so that you can read it easier, but it's still quite big and cumbersome. I thought about trying to make a tl;dr-version, but I'm too tired right now, and I want to get it out there. I don't think it's suited for a short version, really, so I probably won't do one. Now I just want to know what you guys think emoticon Here goes:



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The Premise
This theory has its basis on the assumption that conscious thought, humanity and all similar organisms endowed with free will are not supposed to exist. This assumption, in turn, has its own basis in quantum mechanics and the “Many Worlds”-theory of the universe. It basically says that there are an infinite number of universes (you can call them parallel if you want to), but also different “kinds” of universes. Another assumption is of course that free will in itself DOES exist, which is something that’s debatable.

According to quantum theory, all particles can be described by a wave-function (Schrodinger’s equation), which in turn describes the motion and position of the particle and the probability to find it inside a space of your specification. You can’t know BOTH the position AND the motion of the same particle though. Collapsing the wave function is when you observe the particle and find out where it is.

Work with this some more and the issue of parallel universes will soon arise. The idea is that since you can’t know the particle before collapsing the wave function it is essentially not one of all myriad of alternatives (position, speed, etc.) but ALL of them, at the same time. You may have heard of Schrodinger’s Cat, which illustrates this. Google it if you haven’t, it’s a fun little anecdote, and very descriptive.

You don’t really need more than an air molecule or a cosmic ray to collapse the wave function though. This is where the “Many Worlds”-theory and “decoherence” comes into play. It says that wave functions don’t really collapse so much as they “divide”. See, Schrodinger’s cat is both dead and alive, but not in the same universe. As the wave collapses, the part that didn’t come to fruition won’t simply disappear, but rather it’ll live on as the “other alternative” in a parallel universe. Both of these versions will continue on, have little wave function-children of their own, which in turn will collapse and divide, and so on and so forth. Voila, infinite universes in which every possibility is a reality of its own!

The Beginning
Let’s start from the beginning. The Big Bang, if you will. Whether or not the Big Bang was a singular or multiple events, a circular and reoccurring event or something else doesn’t really matter to this discussion. It happened. The first kind of parallel universes now start appearing, namely: those with different physical constants. What are these constants? Well, take gravity, which should be the force you’re most familiar with. For the Earth it’s 9,81 m/s2. But why? Imagine another universe where the general gravitational force was, say, weaker (not just for the Earth, but for the entire universe). The Earth in that universe (of the same mass) would not exert the same gravitational field, and we would all be lighter, rockets wouldn’t need as much fuel, etc.

These first different kinds of universes are those that have different combination of their physical constants. The strong and weak nuclear forces, the electromagnetic force, gravitation, the cosmological constant, and quite a few more. The thing is that for most of these universes, nothing much forms. If the nuclear forces and/or the electromagnetic force were to alter from a certain range, atoms and molecules wouldn’t be able to form properly, since they’d either be ripped apart or smushed together.. We live in a universe where all these constants are more or less “perfect” for life – physicists call this a “Goldilocks zone”.

So far we have an infinite amount of universes that don’t do much at all. But since infinite is infinite, some of them have just the right constants. Among these, however, life is not guaranteed to form - on the contrary! Take us, for example. The Earth is at just the right distance from a sun that is just the right size and just the right temperature, we have a very big planet just outside us that can catch asteroids for us so we don’t die (Jupiter), we haven’t had any neighboring star go supernova on us lately… the list goes on. In essence, we live in a big collection of Goldilocks zones. A very BIG collection. The odds? Astronomical. The fist amino acids forming the DNA chain? Inside some sort of rudimentary cell wall? Somehow managing to self-replicate? Yeah, astronomical again.

The point I’m trying to get a across here is that in this interpretation of the quantum theory, we should not exist. Or rather, it is inevitable that we exist. It only works in an infinite number of universes though, parallel universes. These are the second type of universes – those that have the right physical constants but don’t harbor any life literally because the planets didn’t align up properly. So far, the universes in all their different incarnations are quite satisfied. Wave functions continue to form and collapse. Planets may align; stuff may generally happen as and when they are lucky enough to do so.

Somehow, life forms. Here’s where the trouble starts. We start with primitive life, which hardly can be called life anyhow. We get bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and soon multicellular organisms. Fish, bird, reptiles, dinosaurs, mammals, you name it. Then BOOM! Free will happens. Where the first appearance of free will occurred doesn’t really matter – it could have been a monkey deciding between banana A and banana B, a fish making a left turn, the missing link. Whatever. Things are now pretty messed up.

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See, in this little theory, the universe(s) can’t handle free will. Collapsing and dividing wave functions is all fine and dandy, but having something else decide for itself? Ugh… Our brains are made up of atoms and molecules which in themselves have their own wave functions, but free will is more than the sum of its parts – conscious thought “overrides” any wave function that may interfere with it. The result is that the universe tries to treat free will as just another wave, and each possible choice made by free will gets its own new universe, the same as the normal wave functions, regardless of what waves happen to collapse in the head of the organism.

Let’s say that the first occurrence of free will was, in fact, the monkey trying to decide between bananas. We’re now looking at it from the perspective of ONLY the universe with the monkey in it. The monkey can take banana A or B. Since it’s got free will, each choice exists at the same time in a new branching universe. Now we got two parallel universes from one. What if there were more bananas? A bunch? Several bunches? A whole tree? SEVERAL trees? You get the point. At one point in time one form of a creature got free will, and the first choice it got to make could have had innumerable different alternatives to it.

For simplicity’s sake, let’s say there were n bananas to choose from. The monkey picks one. All the other choices now exist as their own universe, n number of universes to be exact. What now? Well, not counting all the “normal” wave function collapses (which we’ll ignore from now on) the monkey now has a second choice. He might take another banana, since he’s still hungry. He might take a nap, a bath, procreate, etc. All these choices branch out and give rise to even more parallel universes.

Here’s where The Lost Room and the Event comes in. Consider two different universes, those with banana A and B, respectively. What if the monkey makes the same subsequent choices? What if ALL the subsequent choices in those two universes were the same? What if it weren’t just banana A and B, but n bananas?

What we get is n number of universes essentially identical to one another except the very first action taken by free will. Other universes will continually branch off from them, but there will still be that n number of universes that continue in not just parallel fashion, but rather in identical fashion.

This isn’t something the universes like, seeing as they have so much trouble with free will as it is. As time goes on they will be more and more “convinced” that they are identical, forgetting that initial banana choice. They resonate, oscillate, if you will. Like a string. Strings all have breaking points, should they oscillate much too violently… Maybe all it takes is that last choice being the same - just one little choice? Maybe an almost-unconscious choice, but a choice nevertheless, like “should I get up from my chair and stop reading the magazine for a minute or keep at it a while longer?” Maybe anybody could have made this choice and it wouldn’t even matter what choice it was, the universes wouldn’t care. It could have happened to anybody, anywhere, anytime. Well, it happened to Eddie…

The Event
The Event is basically an innumerable number of universes collapsing in on to themselves from the sheer amount of free will hanging around having no effect whatever, since in all the universes all the exact same choices have been made, except for that first one. Eddie made that ill-fortuned last choice, analogous to the last drop spilling the contents of the cup.

What happens is this: all the universes collapse into one, throwing Eddie, the Room and the Objects out, effectively erasing the first choice – the universe now only “remembers” one banana ever being chosen.

The Room gets disconnected from the universe, becoming in essence its own little universe in a sea of nothingness. It is the only thing that knows how things really happened, and it keeps furious track of these things. The Objects and Eddie might have moved afterwards, but the Room can restore them to their positions at the time of the Event when resetting the Room.

The Room is a sort of “bank” of parallel universes, all identical except for the first choice made in them. Eddie says there is more than one, and this is what he means. The Key opens the lock to the vault and gives you access to these universes. The Room and the Objects attract each other because they wants to go back to the way things were before they got tossed out of the “real” universes.

The Objects only have miraculous properties when brought into the (now singular) universe, the “normal” world. In the Room they have no power – that’s where they belong, they’re in their own universe.

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The Room
How does the Room work, then? It’s essentially a doorway from one universe to another. The Room is intimately connected to all the universes back in “reality”, even though they’re branching off from the universe that was left over after the Event. You could say that the Room coasts “on top of” the other universes, just going along for the ride. It’s easier to hold on to something than nothing, even if that something was the something that threw you out just moments ago. When you open the door without focusing, it picks a door for you in the universe you previously came from, and you can step through. When you focus, you can pick a door yourself. When you put the Key in a door and access the Room you’re stepping into another universe, one of many, which the Room picks seemingly at random for you.

The Room itself is not an Object, at least not in the sense that all the other Objects are Objects. The Room is a collection of universes. Everything that you could see from inside the Room at the time of the Event is what you can see in the Room using the Key to access it, but that doesn’t mean that just because you can SEE things outside the windows they are actually there. For example, if you could destroy the windows and throw yourself out you’d simply disappear into nothingness – nonexistence. You can’t do this, of course, because the Room is indestructible as well. (You can pick away at the plaster and interior, but what is beyond them is indestructible.) While not being an Object in the normal sense of the word, the Objects are indestructible because they come from the universes in the Room, and the Room rides on the back of the “normal” universes in a bubble of nothingness. It’s kept together by sheer force of (for lack of a better word in this context) “will”.

The Room and its universes exist outside of time, at least as we know it. When entering the Room, it allows time to pass simply because there are people in it. Time does not pass in any Room currently not occupied. Whether a person has the Key or not while in the Room does not matter, time will pass normally for them, as long as it’s not reset. Resetting the Room is basically the Room shuffling around the different version of it and finding a new one. The Room likes things to be the way they were, so it “shuffles down” the current version of the Room and brings up another of the innumerable versions of 1961. All the other Rooms, Rooms with messed-up bed sheets, a Teddy bear on the floor or with Anna in them, still exist. Just not in time. This is why Anna asks if the Bad Man has gone when Joe finally finds her: to her, no time has passed.

The Objects
How did the Objects GET their properties, then? Well, in this theory, there are two parts to an Object. First, in that they’re indestructible. The Objects are disassociated from any universe other than the Room, essentially making them non-existent in the “normal” world. The world can’t fathom how they got there, so they aren’t - and something that isn’t there can’t be destroyed.

The second part is their properties. This, again, is not due to the Objects themselves. They started out as just normal, indestructible things. The thing is people generally don’t think that things that are indestructible are normal, so they started to unconsciously “giving” the Objects their properties. This explains how some Objects have a function that is closely tied to its appearance (the Key opens all doors), others to proverbs or sayings (“the pen is mightier than the sword”) and still others are totally bonkers.

Take the Watch, for example. It boils eggs. Really? Totally bonkers. Wally even mentions this: “I don’t know how they came up with that, but they did”. Wally (and everybody else) fails to see that the Objects’ properties isn’t something that “is”, but rather something that “becomes”, when touched by free will, be it conscious or unconscious. The Watch can boil eggs because somebody tried to “discover” something that wasn’t there in the first place. It might even be that an egg accidentally got placed in the Watch, the owner of the Watch doing the placing noticing the placing and the Watch “picking up” on this. It doesn’t even have to have been because the owner was searching for the Watch’s function, it could have been a total accident.

I imagine that the universe accept all the different Objects and their properties simply because it’s trying to cope with something it doesn’t understand. The human mind has already messed it up so much that the additions of indestructible things simply get a life of their own without the universe doing much. All that’s needed is some human curiosity.

The Key
How did the Key gain its properties, then? The Key isn’t actually an Object, for starters. If the Room and all its universes are to ride on top of the normal world, maybe they need some kind of dimensional anchor, just to not completely fade into nothingness. At the time of the Event, the Room was thrown out of the universe because of the collapse of the resonating universes, and the Key was the only Object created that actually has any kind of properties, other than being indestructible. The Key is in fact the Prime Object, in that it is the only “true” Object, created not out of the human mind, but out of necessity.

The problem, yet again, is free will. See, if the Room and its universes could decide, every Object should have stayed in the Room after the Event, nothing should have gone outside. That would have been fine, we’d have a Room lost to reality with a bunch of stuff in it that nobody ever would enter or see, it would never have existed in the first place, and nothing bad would have happened. Trouble is, of course: Eddie. He has his free will, and as we’ve already established, free will causes problems. He brought the Objects into the real world, and we all know how it went from there.

(As I write this I notice that it may seem that the Room has a will of its own. This is not the case, it’s more akin to instinct, or a bacteria with chemotaxis (randomly going into the direction of the biggest nutrient gradient). It doesn’t have a will, nor a choice, it just is.)

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Eddie
Who is Eddie, then, and how does he gain his “properties”? Well, after the Event, he seems to be a perfectly normal guy, nothing is amiss. He doesn’t even “hear” or “feel” the Objects, that comes later. He continues doing whatever it was he was actually doing, and sooner or later he exits the Room. I can see several possibilities to the Story of Eddie from here.

Maybe he exits the Room and winds up back at the Motel, because his subconscious has no notion of any possibility of winding up anywhere else. Maybe he’ll go through the door at room 9, that’s the closest to the (now non-existent) room 10. He’ll go up to Arlene Conroy at the Motel’s reception and try to check out. Arlene doesn’t remember him or any room 10. Eddie would be quite confounded at this point; maybe he’ll just leave the Key with Arlene and go about his way.

Maybe he exits the Room and it throws him to Hawaii, Moscow or Sydney. He’ll start wondering things right away, obviously. He’ll go from Room to Room, always ending up someplace else, until he thinks something along the lines of “take me to the Motel” or “take me home to Mabel”.

He would now try to go home to Mabel, and we know how that turned out... Now he’s freaked out. Maybe he’ll start noticing other things, like… he’s indestructible. That’d be hard to miss for any long period of time! Maybe he can’t feel pain? Maybe he can’t even feel the normal senses, like touch or smell? Maybe his beard doesn’t grow? Maybe he doesn’t get hungry? Maybe he can eat, maybe he can’t. There’s a lot of maybes to Eddie as an Object, seeing as he’s so different from the others.

In one way or another, Eddie knows something is very, very amiss. He does not only not exist, but he has NEVER existed. I imagine this bit of knowledge would be quite unnerving for a person to grasp. At this point he’ll have noticed that the Key is… weird. Opening any door, leading to a room that doesn’t exist? Yeah… He now feels that the Objects, being indestructible as he is, are connected to him. He starts to experiment with the Objects, trying to find out if they hold some other power, like the Key does. He starts hearing, feeling, “knowing” the Objects, he is essentially giving himself his own properties – knowing where the Objects are and the ability to manipulate them. After a while he becomes crazy, can’t handle the Objects anymore, the “sound” of them is torture for him. He starts to reject the Objects, keeping them away from himself, in order to endure the existence he has left. This is after the Conroy Experiment took place (more on that later).

Conservation of Objects
The Conservation of Objects is the Room and its universes refusing to let go of the Objects. The reason you can destroy Objects inside the Room in the first place is that the Objects belong in the universes left in the Room. The Room desperately wants to hold on to the way things were, meaning that it creates new Objects as soon as one is destroyed. It would prefer to take things that actually were from the Room before the Event, but since all those things already ARE Objects it will have to take other things from the “normal” universes.

A new Object does not necessarily inherit the properties of the previous Object, since their properties are a side-effect of humans tampering and experimenting on the Objects. It’d still be indestructible, though. An Object property WOULD be inherited if an Object was destroyed and another created very close to it, under supervision of a human – Eddie, for example. While experimenting on the Objects he might have brought a non-Object into the Room along with a real Object, destroyed the Object and then tested to see if the non-Object had become a real Object by smashing it. The Room would have picked the non-Object, as it was convenient, and made it into an Object. Being an Object it was indestructible, which Eddie quickly finds out. He assumes that the properties go with the Law of Conservation, and thus the new Object will have inherited the previous Object’s properties simply because Eddie assumed it would. If you destroy an Object and no non-Object is close or convenient enough (or you aren’t watching), a new, indestructible Object will be created, but it will be dormant, without inheriting any properties at all.

The Collectors and the Experiment
What about Arlene Conroy and the Collectors’ Experiment, then? In short: yes, they did indeed almost “end the world”. The Room and its universes are trying to get back to the past, the way things were before, so it wants every Object (including Eddie) to stay in the Room. It is “happy” when Objects are close to each other, as that’d mean an increased possibility that they’ll all end up back inside the Room. In fact, the Room strives to return to the rest of the universe(s), since that’s where it comes from. The Experiment almost did just that. Some of the Object were gathered together and used in conjunction with the Key, which “pulled” the Room towards our universes. Problem is: that doesn’t seem to be possible. The Room doesn’t really exist, in the normal sense of the word, it just is. The universe has already thrown it out of reality, and it’s not going to welcome it back with open arms, so to speak. Arlene Conroy and the Collectors tried to open the Room in “the right way”, this being (from the Room’s perspective) whatever way returns the Room to its original reality. They didn’t know this of course - they only went with what they believed.

If the Experiment had gone on, the reality we live in would most likely have gone altogether. The Room retains the “memories” of all the other universes before the Event took place, but not the universes themselves, other than the different versions of the Room. But the universe that was left after the Event remembers only one version. The Room is “stronger” than our universes. The Room is trying to “overwrite” our universe, and it was a good deal closer to doing just that during the Experiment. Should the Room succeed in this endeavor, I imagine that the only thing left would be just that: the Room, nothing else. (Of course, all the “normal”, non-resonating universes would still be fine, life or no life, since they didn’t have all these problems to start with.) Good thing Eddie stopped the Experiment!

How did he do that, exactly, and what happened to Arlene Conroy? Well, when Eddie was experimenting on the Objects, before he went (more or less) crazy, he had probably gained quite a large bit of knowledge about them. He would have tried to limit the time he spent outside the Room, as the Objects pain him to an extent (not so much that he can’t bear it, yet), and he’d have lost the Key somehow during that time, to the Collectors. Maybe they tricked him; maybe he gave the Key to them - either because he was tired of it or because he wanted them to reset the Room while he was inside it, hoping he’d disappear. That’s how Eddie wound up inside the Room during the Experiment. Thing is, as with any Object, Eddie didn’t just get shuffled to the bottom of the various Rooms, or the latest incarnation of the Room like Objects do when they’re inside the Room during a reset. No, he has his free will, and can freely move between the different universes that make up the Room. This he is content with.

Yet again, time does not pass normally within the Room. From Eddie’s point of view, the moment he was reset inside the Room would be the same moment that somebody else uses the Room. He would “feel” the Key being used, “feel” that somebody went inside the Room and used it somehow, all the while not feeling any time passing in between uses. Eddie experiences a bunch of people entering and exiting the Room, followed by the Experiment taking place. Realizing that something bad is happening, regardless if he knows exactly what is happening, he stops it. He pulls Arlene into the Room with him.

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Anna and Arlene
Arlene’s time in the Room is different from Anna’s. Anna was simply reset, shuffled down and later rescued by Joe, and no time passed for her. Arlene, on the other hand, got trapped during the Experiment, a time during which the Room was closer to our universes than ever before. While Anna got trapped in a non-existent universe, Arlene wound up in the place in between existence and non-existence, wherever that is. Time passes for her, but not normally. It is obviously torture for her, as being constantly ripped between realities to and fro seems like a bad thing for a person to experience. Joe “saves” her from an uncertain and unfathomable fate with the Watchbox and the Comb, pulling her back into reality. She has endured so much during the forty-some-years she’s spend in-between realities that she dies quite quickly. She has seen Anna though, even though they experience time differently. Visualize it as though Arlene watches a still picture of the Room and its iterations, at the same time as she sees the reality we live in. The Key is what brings Arlene closer to our reality, which is what makes her appear before Joe and Wally in room 9 in the first place. Joe doesn’t need to use the Key for Arlene to appear, all she needs is the presence of the Key in room 9.

Why did Eddie leave the Room?
The reason Eddie then leaves the Room is that the effects of Arlene trapped between realities somehow gives him greater discomfort than the thought of being outside the Room itself. Maybe her just being there gives him physical pain, or maybe he just can’t stand seeing and feeling her being tortured like that. Maybe he would have saved Arlene himself if he could, maybe not. She’s trapped between dimensions, and his powers don’t seem to have an effect on actually finding her, as she’s in a constant state of flux. Eddie leaves the Room, somehow ends up in a mental institute and starts repelling the Objects away from him. He doesn’t do much at all until Joe finds him.

Room 9
What about room 9? Why did the Collectors choose it, why not any room? Is it special in any way? No, it isn’t special. They most likely chose it simply because it was closest to room 10, the Lost Room. The Collectors felt it held some significance, so they picked it. They could just as successfully have made their experiment at a door at the other end of the continent and it wouldn’t have made any difference. It was the Objects and the Key that did it all.

Gallup, New Mexico
Why did people seem to move away from Gallup then? It is implied in the movie that they all went away for reasons more or less unknown to themselves. This is due to the Event, not the Experiment. Sure, having a “ghost” and a “haunted motel” in a town isn’t going to win any tourist prices, but having a whole room from a motel suddenly never have existed… That does things to the human mind. Should the Experiment have been conducted anywhere else, the same thing would have happened to Gallup anyhow. Some people in that other place might have moved out, but that’d be because of the “ghost” and nothing else. Oh, and the Bus Ticket doesn’t do much to help either. Still, it and the Experiment only hastened the inevitable.

Karl Kreutzfeld
What about Karl Kreutzfeld? He also did a version of the Experiment. That’s just it, though: a version. He doesn’t have the Watchbox. If you compare Arlene’s Experiment with Karl’s version of the same you’ll notice that they don’t look like each other, exactly. The film that Gus kept over the years seems to be spliced together, and the implied idea is that time itself is being ripped to shreds - which is exactly what happened. When Karl opens the door, it seems that the same thing is happening, although we get no “splicing effect”. This could be attributed to it being very hard to watch for the viewers of the show, but seeing as Karl didn’t have the Watchbox and that Gus seems to think it’s the pivotal Object in regard to the Experiment I believe that it is done on purpose. Reality is still being altered, the Room is still trying to get back into our universe - it’s just that it’s doing so at a lesser degree than with the Watchbox. Eddie and Joe is still the ones stopping the Room from destroying reality, the danger is as real as it was for the Collectors. Where did Kreutzfeld go? The same place (or non-place) that Arlene went to. Was Isaac really there? No. It was either after-effects of the Quarter been revived by the Second Experiment or Karl just hallucinating/imagining/hoping him there.

The New Occupant
So, what about Joe? He’s the new Occupant. He wasn’t erased from reality like Eddie and the Objects were, as that only happened with the Event. Joe is the new Occupant in the same way that the Conservation of Objects works: the Room picks whatever is closest or most convenient and makes that thing a new Object. Joe DOES inherit the properties of Eddie though, i.e. “feeling” the Objects and “hearing” the buzz from them. Why does he do that, when other Objects created by the Law of Conservation doesn’t? Well, think about it. Key word: think.

Eddie has already told Joe exactly what it means to be the Occupant. He knows about the buzz, the pain, the feeling. The Objects get their properties from us, so Joe simply created his own properties, the same as Eddies’, when he became the new Occupant. Eddie did not know if Joe would be erased from reality like he was - which implies that he doesn’t know that much about the Law except that new Objects are created when another is destroyed. He doesn’t even mention his own properties, which means that he just assumed that they’ll go with the job. Joe assumes what Eddie assumes, and he gets the same properties. Joe can now feel Anna’s presence, and he goes to get her.
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Other implications
As the basis for all this, apart from me being extremely nerdy, was of course that I would one day make a role playing game out of it. As I’ve thought about this Theory I’ve tried to think about ways I can make it more “roleplay-ish”. For example, I’d like to role play The Lost Room over several different time periods. An “Assassin’s Creed”-esque journey through the centuries, possibly stretching all the way from ancient Greece to the distant future. Here are some of the more interesting things you can derive from the Theory above.

The Key can do more things
So, the Key can open any door. But it’s a dimensional anchor from a collection of universes to another, more “normal” bunch of universes. All these universes continue to branch out from each other as they normally would. The Key is a connection to ALL of these universes. You COULD, if you had the mental strength and imaginative power to do so, chose to go to ANOTHER universe. Anything you fancy, really. (Works kind of similarly to the “Amber” series - books by Roger Zelazny.) It’s just that nobody has thought of this yet, as it’d require a whole other thought process to pull off. You’d have to have a rudimentary understanding of the “Many Worlds”-theory for starters. Joe could essentially have told the Room to send him to a universe where Anna never got trapped in the Room! This might lead to some paradoxes, though, as then there’d be two Keys in that universe (one that is adrift in that universe and one that Joe brings with him). That’s just fine, though – paradoxes are fun!

You’ve got your history all wrong, man!
What if the Event wasn’t the first time that the universe collapsed in on itself? Maybe it’s happened before, just not as noticeably? All those myths and legends, for example… Maybe Perseus really DID get the helm of Hades, rendering him invisible! Excalibur was not only real, but an Object. Jesus wasn’t really the son of God, but just some bloke who happened to stumble upon an Object that resurrected him from death. You could have endless fun with this!

The Event would be the first (and only?) time that the universe actually threw out a piece of itself out, all the other seemingly magical items throughout history would simply be early attempts at righting the wrong (as the universe sees it). You could even envision a future were a big corporation somehow goes back in time and tries to find all these historical Objects, intent being to become Rules of the Earth (maniacal laughter optional). Somebody needs to stop them! Heroes to the rescue?

It could all happen again…
After the Event happened, the universes collapsed in on themselves. What if it all started over, just like after banana n? Maybe another Event, perhaps even more severe than the one in 1961 is just around the corner, waiting to happen? Since it’s all got with free will to do, maybe one could use the Earth’s former, current and predicted population and extrapolate the time of the Next Event from that? Maybe even more powerful Object will come into existence…

The Objects can be upgraded
This would be especially useful for a role playing game, as seemingly useless Objects could “level up” along with the player characters. The Glasses might be able to stop more than combustion, or maybe even cell-respiration. The Pen might turn into a lightsaber made of microwaves (now it’s TRULY more powerful than the sword!), using the Comb now allows you to actually manipulate the environment, the Cuff Links not only lowers blood pressure but actually stop the aging process! Again, endless fun, as long as you have the imagination to keep it up. Maybe the Objects need some sort of trigger for them to “level up”. Maybe “leveling up” is putting different Objects together, who knows. Suit to your own needs.

Conclusion
Well, that’s the end of that. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed thinking about it and writing it all down. I very much welcome any kind of criticism and feedback, especially if you find any inconsistencies or logical faults in the theory!

Thanks for reading!
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I like it!


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A new Object does not necessarily inherit the properties of the previous Object, since their properties are a side-effect of humans tampering and experimenting on the Objects. It’d still be indestructible, though. An Object property WOULD be inherited if an Object was destroyed and another created very close to it, under supervision of a human – Eddie, for example. While experimenting on the Objects he might have brought a non-Object into the Room along with a real Object, destroyed the Object and then tested to see if the non-Object had become a real Object by smashing it. The Room would have picked the non-Object, as it was convenient, and made it into an Object. Being an Object it was indestructible, which Eddie quickly finds out. He assumes that the properties go with the Law of Conservation, and thus the new Object will have inherited the previous Object’s properties simply because Eddie assumed it would. If you destroy an Object and no non-Object is close or convenient enough (or you aren’t watching), a new, indestructible Object will be created, but it will be dormant, without inheriting any properties at all.



And I think in this case, Eddie being the Occupant has a relevance: he assumed 'these things are weird, what are the odds me destroying them in here would have any affect at all, heck they'll propably just transfer their properties to something else' thus creating the rule himself emoticon

Propably he is the only one, being able to create rules, though. But this gives a heavy duty to the current Miller-Object - if he realises what powers he has -, as if he wanted to he could tell a dormant Object to become a nucklear bomb.....


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How did he do that, exactly, and what happened to Arlene Conroy? Well, when Eddie was experimenting on the Objects, before he went (more or less) crazy, he had probably gained quite a large bit of knowledge about them. He would have tried to limit the time he spent outside the Room, as the Objects pain him to an extent (not so much that he can’t bear it, yet), and he’d have lost the Key somehow during that time, to the Collectors. Maybe they tricked him; maybe he gave the Key to them - either because he was tired of it or because he wanted them to reset the Room while he was inside it, hoping he’d disappear. That’s how Eddie wound up inside the Room during the Experiment. Thing is, as with any Object, Eddie didn’t just get shuffled to the bottom of the various Rooms, or the latest incarnation of the Room like Objects do when they’re inside the Room during a reset. No, he has his free will, and can freely move between the different universes that make up the Room. This he is content with.



We already know the Living Objects do not need the Key to enter the Room. Also the original Collectors did not have any knowledge of an Occupant, so I really doubt they would have tricked him. More likely he just left the Key to the Motel Reception, just like Gus said.

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Gallup, New Mexico
Why did people seem to move away from Gallup then? It is implied in the movie that they all went away for reasons more or less unknown to themselves. This is due to the Event, not the Experiment. Sure, having a “ghost” and a “haunted motel” in a town isn’t going to win any tourist prices, but having a whole room from a motel suddenly never have existed… That does things to the human mind. Should the Experiment have been conducted anywhere else, the same thing would have happened to Gallup anyhow. Some people in that other place might have moved out, but that’d be because of the “ghost” and nothing else. Oh, and the Bus Ticket doesn’t do much to help either. Still, it and the Experiment only hastened the inevitable.



Remember, people did not have any rumours about a ghost, nor did they have any idea about a Room 10 vanishing. For them it just is a (too) small town to have any jobs, plus there are these weird people coming from the middle of nowhere thinking they are in hell.

But also, the Motel itself has an uncomfortable feeling to a person coming close to it, as Wally said about the feeling in his gut. People would have though, most likely, that there is something wrong with the area, a rational mind would blame on toxins or radiation.
But it certainly would have left the people in the town wanting to go as far as they can from it.

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I have played with all of the ideas you have myself, and it certainly is fun!

Go see my RPG campaign stories (link below)
although I never got far enough with my campaign to actually implement any of the ideas I had lol

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Now that is what I call a theory!

It will take me a while to wade through it all.
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We already know the Living Objects do not need the Key to enter the Room.




Oh, I didn't know that. How did you figure that out? A thread around here about it?
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