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4 8 15 16 23 42 = 108 minutes, beads and earths

We've collectively lost our way, just like the downed passengers from LOST, it's one of the best series (there are several) I've ever seen. It takes place on a mysterious tropical island where the protagonists are trying to survive.

The logo is from an important research station of the Dharma Initiative, the Swan Station where scientists studied the mysterious properties of the island.

It involuntarily reminds me of A Glorious Accident, another excellent VPRO series from the 1990s. One of the interviewed maverick scientists was Rupert Sheldrake.

His son, Merlin, recently wrote a brilliant book on the life of fungi.

One of the mysterious organizations interested in the island in LOST is "The Dharma Initiative" which emerges in season 2. In 1987, the Dharma Initiative is finally ended. 1987 also happens to be the death anniversary of Chogyam Trungpa rinpoche, who introduced the dharma to the West in the roaring sixties and seventies. Major characters in the series are named after counterculture figures like Richard Alpert. People I talk to about the series are not always positive, many dropped out by season 3 or 4, that's when it really got 'weird'. Also, many who did watch it to the end were disappointed by the last episode, but I really liked it. I think something has to do with my religious background and interest in mythology.

In my mind, the characters navigate the bardo states as also described by Chogyam Trungpa:

About the mysterious Dharma Initiative:

"The Dharma Initiative and its origins are first explored in the episode "Orientation" by an orientation film in the Swan Station. Dr. Pierre Chang (Francois Chau), under the alias of Dr. Marvin Candle, explains that the project began in 1970, created by two doctoral candidates from the University of Michigan, Gerald and Karen DeGroot (Michael Gilday and Courtney Lavigne), and was funded by Alvar Hanso (Ian Patrick Williams) of the Hanso Foundation. They imagined a "large-scale communal research compound", where scientists and free thinkers from around the globe could research meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, zoology, electromagnetism, and a sixth discipline that the film begins to identify as "utopian social-" before being cut off.[3]

[..] In the episode "The Variable", Daniel Faraday confirmed that Dharma Initiative Headquarters, at least through 1977, was located at Ann Arbor, Michigan."

LOST trailer

Ram Dass aka Richard Alpert and Chogyam Trungpa

Carl Sagan and Buddhism

Robert Anton Wilson, 23 and LOST!_Trilogy

Books and comics featured in LOST

Semi-canonical novels set the LOST universe

Reflections on LOST

Oromaner, Marc (2008). The Myth of Lost : Solving the mysteries and understanding the wisdom. The Raising Star Series (1 ed.). iUniverse, Inc. ISBN 9780595484560

5 essays contained in

Kaye, Sharon M (2007). Lost and Philosophy: The Island Has Its Reasons. The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series (1 ed.). Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1-4051-6315-1.

  • George Wrisley. The Island of Ethical Subjectivism: Not the Paradise of Lost

  • Sander Lee. Meaning and Freedom on the Island, by Sander Lee

  • Sandra Bonetto. No Exit…from the Island: A Sartrean Analysis of Lost

  • Richard Davies. Lost's State of Nature

  • Jeremy Barris. Lost and the Problem of Life after Birth

Shapiro, Alan N. "TV's 'Lost': The Crash Out of Globalization and Into the World"

Some essays from 'Getting Lost: Survival, Baggage, and Starting Over in J. J. Abrams' Lost':,_Baggage,_and_Starting_Over_in_J._J._Abrams%27_Lost

Orson Scott Card's Introduction is a very informative and thoughtful analysis showing how TV has evolved over the last half-century and how LOST may be the next "evolutionary" step.

Amy Brenner's "Double Locked" illustrates how the fictional character John Locke closely echoes the teachings of the real-life 16th century philosopher with the same name.

Glenn Yeffeth's "The Art of Leadership" is the highlight of the collection, which discusses how Jack, Locke, and Sawyer are all really bad leaders. And it puts forth a pretty good argument that Hurley may be the best leader on the island.

Adam-Troy Castro arguing that the Losties are sharing the same island as Gilligan and the Skipper

Books by Pearson Moore

LOST society essays i grok

Gibson, Tim, "Glimpsing Utopia on Lost," Flow 6:2. [5] An analysis of the socialist ideals in the show's island economy & society.

Mittell, Jason, "The Value of Lost," Flow 2:10. [8] An argument for the aesthetic value of Lost.

Games in or inspired by LOST

Robinson Crusoe boardgame LOST fan campaigns