This 질문 might be a total spoiler for people who haven't seen Recon yet.
So how come Sawyer is not a conman anymore in the flash sideways? For the others the main things that changed after LA X was that they didn't get to the island, right? I mean, ok, Jack's family life changed, too, but still most of things progressed pretty much the same way as they would have, same goes for Kate, Sayid, Locke, Sun and Jin. Ben's life of course is totally different, but I mean it only makes sense that his life basically changed from childhood on.
So the only explanation I have for Sawyer then is, that Jacob then never touched him (did he still touch the other people then?) and that Jacob touching him actually was what made him become a conman. I think that Jacob being the defining element that makes the difference is the only explanation.
What's your theories on that?
And also: Did 당신 notice when Richard was returning to the Black Smoke that there was a Concrete Pillar he walked by? Concrete in 1867?