Originally Posted by LissaMarie
Hmmmmmm, I'm following what you're saying but I think if Des is special, he could have just as easily consciously traveled back in time as he could jump from one alt universe to another. I think either one is just as plausible as the other. It's just impossible to speculate what "the rules don't apply to him" means until we see more I think.
Is it a coincidence that Desmond is the only one that doesn't physically "time" travel, it's just his consciousness. In Flashes Before your Eyes when he skips, he wakes up in his past self... In the middle of something like falling off the ladder, or the military thing, or running naked trough the jungle. While the present Desmond is passed out. Im pretty sure all the other time traveling losties get to keep their bodies.