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'Lost' Answer - What Happened to the Dharma Initiative

Our Theoretical 'Lost' Answer


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According to Dr. Marvin Candle on the Orientation film (Ep: 2x3, Orientation), "The Dharma Initiative was created in 1970, and it is the brainchild of Gerald and Karen DeGroot -- two doctoral candidates at the University of Michigan following in the footsteps of visionaries such as B.F. Skinner."

What's the deal with the Dharma Initiative? We know that the Dharma Initiative was founded in the 70s, and then the Others took over by killing all of them. Does this organization only operate on the island or does it have branches all over the world? Did they know many of their members were murdered on that island? What's the deal between them and the Others afterward?

  • Dharma was a world wide group, with outwardly peaceful or educational research objectives that were really hiding its darker reason for being. Before the nuke incident, when they were drilling at the future Swan Station, they were really determined to get to the source of the electromagnetism. You would think they had thought this through to the point that they had some idea of the power they were about to unleash and how they may control it.

    After the blast there were considerable problems for Dharma, not too many recruits would have been excited about the prospect of spending time on a tropical island with its nuclear wasteland zone. The following mass murder of the Dharma group, after they had built the Swan Station and the island had seemingly recovered, was tough to move past.

    Widmore picked up the pieces of Dharma as it crumbled.

  • Dharma was dead, but things continued because Dharma workers on the mainland followed automated orders.
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