Frequency? Speculative ideas inspired by the 2013 film "Frequencies"
"In an alternate reality, children learn how lucky they will be (their "frequency"), knowledge which shapes their destiny. The unluckiest boy must unravel the mysteries of free will in order to pursue his forbidden love of the luckiest girl."
Sounds simple, right? Just an unlucky boy pursuing a lucky girl. How exciting...another lucky vs unlucky love story... Not so much.
The first paragraph of the synopsis gives us a little bit more of a clue:
"Imagine that your destiny and ability to succeed in life is actually determined by a certain personal frequency that can never be changed. Imagine also that there was a definite way of determining that frequency at a very young age, thus sealing your fate forever as either a success or a failure."
Frequency? What is frequency, as applied to the idea of the human body? Well, lets first look at what frequency is when we think of the millions upon millions of molecules the human body is made up of. Molecules and molecular vibration...
What's molecular vibration? According to http://scied.ucar.edu/molecular-vibration-modes, "Molecules vibrate. Molecules that have just two atoms vibrate by simply moving closer together and then further apart." and "Molecules with 3 or more atoms can vibrate in more complex patterns. A single molecule can vibrate in various ways; each of these different motions is called a vibration 'mode'."
So all of these millions and millions of molecules that we're made of are vibrating...interesting concept. Let's take that a step further and suppose that, like computers, our minds are running at various frequencies in order to process the extreme amount of data we absorb every second of the day. (example: the processor in my laptop is currently running at 2.5 Gigahertz) While our brains don't necessarily operate on a "Clock-speed" like a computer, it's suspected the human brain operates on more of a "spread-spectrum" clock. So, the idea of frequency and frequency differences acting as variables between other human beings is a plausible one.
The idea presented within the film "Frequencies" toys with the function of frequency as it applies to human interactivity. Our unlucky boy and lucky girl function at different ends of the frequency spectrum, which makes it nearly impossible for the two of them to even be in the same physical space for more than a minute at a time due to frequency resonances that affect nature at a fundamental level around them. (i.e. things falling out of the sky from a passing aircraft, etc.) While the film takes the idea of frequency, as it applies to human interactivity, to the macro level (as any good speculative fiction might) it does raise some interesting questions about what might be happening at the micro level.
How much of a role might vibrational frequencies play when it comes to mate selection? friend selection? or our interpersonal relations with our coworkers? Interesting questions to ponder upon as we look at those around us that we "click" with as opposed to those we don't.