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Skinner Box
« on: May 27, 2006, 02:31:37 AM »

Desmond calls Locke "Boxman" several times after Locke convinces him to help rundown the timer.  Box refering to a skinner box... a  device used in experimental psychology to study animal cognition.  Locke isn't happy about being  a labrat.  Very witty of Desmond.... BUT (and mayeb this is a flaw and maybe it isn't) Demonds calls him this before they even have that conversation...

Locke       "So What DID one snowman say to the other?"
Desmond   "Smell likes carrots!"
Locke       "Hello Desmond."
Desmond   "Hello yourself; Boxman"

Hmmmm.

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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2006, 02:32:52 AM »
Or is he calling Locke boxman because he use to work at a box company- the one that Hurley owned.

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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2006, 02:35:16 AM »
Or is he calling Locke boxman because he use to work at a box company- the one that Hurley owned.

Good point, I stand corrected.  Thanks... its too late to be thinking about this stuff :)

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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006, 12:46:22 AM »
Pluson somany other topicthreads theroies have gone well beyond Skinner.
We have to be carefulnot to look for clues where none exist.

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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2006, 12:12:37 PM »
I am pretty sure Desmond is saying "Bossman."
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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2006, 04:12:46 PM »
I thought boxman most of the time. I did think I heard bossman once. Can anyone closed caption this and find out??

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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2006, 09:04:08 AM »
I was wrong on this one.  After watching the first meeting between Desmond and Locke I realize that he calls him Boxman because Locke told him he works for a company that makes boxes.

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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2006, 03:45:15 AM »

Desmond calls Locke "Boxman" several times after Locke convinces him to help rundown the timer.  Box refering to a skinner box... a  device used in experimental psychology to study animal cognition.  Locke isn't happy about being  a labrat.  Very witty of Desmond.... BUT (and mayeb this is a flaw and maybe it isn't) Demonds calls him this before they even have that conversation...

Locke       "So What DID one snowman say to the other?"
Desmond   "Smell likes carrots!"
Locke       "Hello Desmond."
Desmond   "Hello yourself; Boxman"

Hmmmm.

Amazon:

Your idea is quite valid, imho.  The first time our Losties started pressing the button, I immediately thought of the mice and the Skinner Box.  Having said that, In the beginning of S2, perhaps it's Adrift?  Desmond does in fact call Locke "Boxman" after he learns what Locke did for a living... But the equation was already there, and it was the Skinner Box by the time the show aired.  Coincidence and nice easter egg?  Yep.

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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2006, 09:38:54 AM »
i think its just a minor detail that desmond is showing locke that he remembers him and in someway appreciates him pressing the button its shows a bit affection in a way

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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2006, 02:53:50 AM »

Desmond calls Locke "Boxman" several times after Locke convinces him to help rundown the timer.  Box refering to a skinner box... a  device used in experimental psychology to study animal cognition.  Locke isn't happy about being  a labrat.  Very witty of Desmond.... BUT (and mayeb this is a flaw and maybe it isn't) Demonds calls him this before they even have that conversation...

Locke       "So What DID one snowman say to the other?"
Desmond   "Smell likes carrots!"
Locke       "Hello Desmond."
Desmond   "Hello yourself; Boxman"

Hmmmm.

Amazon:
Good point, it could be a double entendre, and a clever one at that.

cheers
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Re: Skinner Box
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2006, 01:06:34 PM »

Desmond calls Locke "Boxman" several times after Locke convinces him to help rundown the timer.  Box refering to a skinner box... a  device used in experimental psychology to study animal cognition.  Locke isn't happy about being  a labrat.  Very witty of Desmond.... BUT (and mayeb this is a flaw and maybe it isn't) Demonds calls him this before they even have that conversation...

Locke       "So What DID one snowman say to the other?"
Desmond   "Smell likes carrots!"
Locke       "Hello Desmond."
Desmond   "Hello yourself; Boxman"

Hmmmm.

Amazon:
Good point, it could be a double entendre, and a clever one at that.

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He could have told him he worked for a boxcompany and nothing more somethings have to be taken at face value on this show.