Friday, June 30, 2006

More than just the Valenzetti Equation?

Thanks to some of our posters (Gus and Frenchie in particular), an interesting avenue of discussion has been opened up. (see the discussion below "What we know...")

Is there more to this than the Valenzetti Equation? We know that the equation is "not unlike" the Drake equation. And thanks to Persephone, we now know that there might be more to what Hanso Foundation is up to than just researching the Valenzetti equation.

We're still convinced that the central issue is the Valenzetti Equation. But what if there's more?



Blogger Wulfgirl said...

In discussing the Valenzetti equation at the Lost Experience Clues message board I said:

"...I think the Valenzetti equation is a way of cruching numerical variables that can predict when the world is supposed to end, and perhaps how to delay this enevitability.

Think of the interactive map that was at the Mathmatical Forecasting Initiative page on the Hanso site. If one enters numerical variables such as Total Popution, Average Age, Average Gross Income, Minimum Cost of Living, Birth Rate, Death Rate, Oil Production, Oil Consumption and numerous other factors into this elaborate equation, maybe it can predict what will happen with a country's poputation and with the whole world's population.

Stresses on poputions create conflict. This is a known fact. When one group has insufficient resources to live at the level of comfort that they want or need, they will try to take what they need from another group that appears to have better resources. The result is warfare. In a nuclear age, that warfare can lead to mutual destruction, including the destruction of neighboring groups...and possibly the destruction of a life-supporting global environment. I think the Valenzetti equation tries to take all of these numerical factors into account in order to predict and prevent such an outcome."

Raoul_Duke then ran with this idea and said:

"Ok so maybe because there are no constants in the equation it has to run with continually changing variables so therefore it has to run continually, as the variables change (even slightly) so the result is different.

I think that the equation must be getting closer and closer to a constant result and that result is probably closer and closer to the present, hence why AH has left for the Island (set up to keep some of the species safe) and Mittlewerk is so desperate to find him (and get to the safety of the Island).


7/02/2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger vexingmodstwo said...

You give a great argument for the "The Savants are running the Valenzetti Equation over and over" theory, wulfgirl (And Raoul)... It makes sense.

I'm more inclined to believe that the savants are actually running another algorithm on a constantly changing set of data (very similary concept to yours) but their goal is to figure out the Valenzetti equation.

BUT, I'm not married to this theory and can be swayed with good reasoning.

7/02/2006 7:07 PM  
Blogger JustWillow said...

answers at last!

7/03/2006 3:02 PM  
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7/03/2006 3:10 PM  
Blogger Wulfgirl said...

Speaker jusat posted the above link on his site, but it doesn't seem to tell us anyhting the Wikipedia/Lostpedia(?) file hadn't already said.

7/03/2006 3:17 PM  
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