Ideas from the World of Warcraft

The 'Ideas from the World of Warcraft' series, in association with the 'Cognitive Dissonance' educator guild on the US 'Sisters of Elune' WoW realm, features snapshots from Sambiglyon's travels in the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) 'World of Warcraft'. that demonstrate ideas that are applicable to life in the real world.

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CONTENTS
FISH ALL THE RUBBISH OUT
DEEPER ON DOWN
TALK TO THE ANIMALS
FUEL, NOT FEAST
I AM NOT A NUMBER


FISH ALL THE RUBBISH OUT

Ideas from the World of Warcraft: Fish All the Rubbish Out

The beginner fisherman in Warcraft only catches junk items such as weeds, tattered cloth, driftwood and empty rum bottles (and some Sickly Fish) for a while until they have leveled up their Fishing skill through repeated attempts.

In the real world, however, casting a line into the water with an alternative to a hook that would catch onto junk but not lodge in a fish's mouth would be a way for kids to safely help to clean up a waterway from the bank!

CogDis guild member and Australian high-school level teacher Sapphre offered a further suggestion - if all you are retrieving from a river or lake in the real world is junk then it could indicate that an invasive, aggressive species has infiltrated the water and wiped out the indigenous species. Thanks for the idea, Sapphre!


DEEPER ON DOWN

In the Darkshore region of the World of Warcraft, a gigantic whirlpool fissure known as the Maw of the Void has been opened up after the evil dragon Deathwing burst from his prison deep within the ground and unleashed his wrath upon the world of Azeroth.

In the real world, being able to artificially generate a whirlpool that opened up an air-filled gap down to the ocean floor would be very useful indeed. Presuming that no sea creature could pass through the swirling outer wall of the whirlpool and so would not be at risk of falling into the void and asphixiating, human explorers who were inside the 'eye of the storm' at the center of the pool could observe the deepest levels of ocean life without being crushed by the tremendous water pressure at the deepest depths or fall prey to the deep-diver hazard of nitrogen narcosis.

Even if a disturbance could not be generated that was powerful enough to extend all the way down from the water's surface to the ocean floor in one continuous tunnel, a helicopter style hovering submersible vessel could conceivably be created that generated a localized whirlpool around it, forming a non-crushable air bubble around the craft.

Another application for such a technology would be to uncover ancient land connections between countries that were lost when the depth of oceans rose and swallowed them up.


TALK TO THE ANIMALS

The number and diversity of tamed pets and wildlife (and there's some -really- wild life!) in Azeroth is huge. Yet they all have one thing in common. The chances are that unless those creatures are magical or you are, conversation with them is going to be a one-way street.

In the real world though, human-animal communication, although still difficult, does not require magic. Sambiglyon's Living & Learning self-enhancement training system provides a tool with which to accomplish it: the 'Personal Settings Slider'.

Personal Setting Slider tool

Bearing in mind (no pun intended) that it would be awkward to carry the Slider tool around on a piece of paper on your nature hikes, we will adapt it here for hands-free use.

Instructions

1. Identify the animal that you wish to communicate with.

2. Place the finger of one hand on its head and keep it held there gently. If it not a tame animal, then pointing a finger at its head from a distance and imagining that you are pressing the finger against the head will be sufficient.

3. Form in your mind a thought statement that says: "Connect me to this [name of animal species]" or, if it is a named pet, "Connect me to [name of pet]".

4. Immediately after forming this thought in your mind, place the tip of your index finger on your other hand (the one beside your thumb) to the base of your thumb and then slide the finger up the thumb. This replicates the 'slide to activate' function in the paper version of the Personal Settings Slider tool and provides a signal to the mind to activate the connection process. If it has worked, you should feel a slight physical sensation of energization.

5. The next stage is to form in your mind a thought statement about what you wish to communicate to the animal. For higher mammals such as cats and dogs, an ordinary language statement (e.g English) will suffice, since the statement will be automatically translated into the mental syntax of the receiving animal.

For lower creatures such as squirrels, birds, ants, etc, language does not work so well. Instead, they understand images and emotions better. For example, if you wanted to show a wild bird trapped inside your house how to find an open window to escape through, you can send the bird a series of mental 'photographs' depicting the route from where it is trapped to the window (the stairs, then the hall, then the lounge and then an image of the open lounge window with a visualization of the bird flying through it).

A similar technique can be used with an ant nest in your house: if you want them to leave, send mental photographs of them marching in a single file column along the route to an exit point where they can leave the house.

6. Once your mental statement has been issued, listen calmly and quietly in your mind for a thought response. If you are communicating with a higher animal then the response should come immediately, expressed as a thought that sounds like your own mental voice. For lower animals that communicate through imagery, closing your eyes can help you to identifying incoming pictures from the animal's mind. Also be ready to identify a change in your emotions that indicates how the animal is reacting to you.

Remember that lower animals do not perceive the world in the same way that humans do. A squirrel may believe a human to be a horse, simply based on the human's height, if they have seen a horse before, as it will be trying to identify you based on the experiences it has had so far during its life. And if they are afraid of horses then they will transmit a mental image to you of a horse, with an accompanying fear emotion.

For best reliability, repeat the connection process again from the start if you are not satisfied with or do not understand the result, or if you wish to ask a different question. The reason for doing this is because the longer after asking the question that you listen for, the more likely it is that your own thoughts will pop into your head and be mistaken for inter-mind communications. The general rule of thumb is “If the thought seems alien to your own mind, it probably is from elsewhere”.

Good luck!


FUEL, NOT FEAST

Ideas from the World of Warcraft: Fuel, Not Feast

Food and its creation is an integral part of the World of Warcraft. Azerothians are as passionate about making and consuming quality, wonderful tasting food and drink as we are.

As enjoyable as food and cooking also is in the real world though, it can also cause problems if it becomes an obsession or people become fixated on a preference for particular types of food to an extent where they shun most other kinds,

Once food passes the taste buds of the mouth then its taste is no longer detectable, although a trace of that taste is left behind in the mouth. After it has passed through the throat then its function changes. It is no longer a means of pleasure but instead becomes simply a source of fuel for the body. This is a principle well known to survivalists in the wild - it does not matter if the edible items that they find taste nice, because their consumption helps the person to survive the environment that they are in.

Children tend to first become picky eaters in their toddler years once they gain the mental capacity to discern what is 'nice' and what is merely bland, or 'yuck'. If baby foods were neither sweet nor sour then they might be willing to try a greater range of foods later on instead of refusing meals, because they will be less likely to form early opinions on what makes food 'right' and 'wrong' before they have gained the mental processing capacities to weigh up the reasons for their preferences in greater detail.


I AM NOT A NUMBER

Ideas from the World of Warcraft: Fuel, Not Feast

A common theme in the World of Warcraft is the enslavement of the weak by powerful evil people or creatures, as illustrated by the above image that depicts simian slave labor in the deeper levels of the Deadmines who are subjugated by goblins. Another form of slavery was enforced by the Lich King, who - before his downfall at the hands of Azerothian champions - mind-controlled an army of the undead that multiplied by killing the living and converting them into zombie servants.

In the real world though, slavery still exists in some places and takes numerous forms, including human trafficking, enforced prostitution and unpaid labor gangs under the control of gang-masters. Although nobody is raising a battalion of warriors to eradicate these evils, people are taking action against it in other ways. In December 2011 it was announced that Google had pledged $11.5 million in grants to charitable organizations that combat it.

In Western countries there are mechanisms for the authorities to free enslaved people, if only they receive information about where they are. On other continents though, there are far less protections or hopes of escape for those who are unfortunate enough to become snared in the trade.

The battle may be a long one, but it can be hoped that if humans increasingly tune into their Heart Connection and acknowledge their responsibilities to advancing the well-being of the wider world then the number of people who would do harm to others for personal gain will gradually diminish.