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Old 11-08-2017, 04:24 AM
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Default The Nature of the Void is reference to "De Rerum Natura"

"Suppose, however, for a moment, all existing space to be bounded, and that a man runs forward to the uttermost borders, and stands upon the last verge of things, and then hurls forward a winged javelin,— suppose you that the dart, when hurled by the vivid force, shall take its way to the point the darter aimed at, or that something will take its stand in the path of its flight, and arrest it? For one or other of these things must happen. There is a dilemma here that you never can escape from."


"Suppose that you stood on the edge of the known universe and you fired an arrow at it. What would happen?"

The Void and the Light have recently been revealed to be it's literal opposites. "The Light seeks one path and shuns all others. The void seeks all possible paths and sees them all as true".

In other words, the Light represents determinism; that things happen with a cause and that there is only one truth. The Void represents non-determinism. That things don't happen with a cause, neccesarily.

It's impossible to tell if the universe is deterministic or non-deterministic. Even if we had an infinity of deterministic, causal events, one after the other that are explained, it is possible that this is merely a coincidental sequence of events in an even bigger infinity of a non-deterministic universe. And that there is another deterministic universe above that which explains all the seeming contradictions in the indeterministic universe.

If you would look at it mathematically and a pop-philosophical lens, you could say that there is an infinitely big chance that the universe is both deterministic and indeterministic. In other words, that both must be true at once.

And that paradox is also referenced in "A Thousand Year of War". Both are true and both are false.

Here's my conjecture; each universe in the Twisting Nether is a deterministic universe with it's own laws of physics. By neccesity, it has to be deterministic or it will unravel like Outland has. The Arcane is the membrane that separates that infinite determination and infinite non-determination. It is literally where the Light and Void meet.

When new arcane magic is discovered, it is as though someone were standing on the edge of the universe and firing an arrow at the edge. The edge expands to accomodate for the arrow. As in the poem, the field of knowledge expands. And the question is whether the laws of physics were created by firing the arrow or whether they were always there in the first place.

Warcraft's Holy Light has been founded at least in part on things like The Secret and What the B$%&P Do We Know. Pseudo-philosophical pop-science ideas about the nature of reality. So it stands to reason that they might use a similar pseudo-philosophical, pop-science approach to Void and Light magic.

Prediction: In the next expansion, we will discover either a Light or Void user who is named after either Lucretius, the roman poet who wrote the quote above, or the philosophers whose ideas Lucretius was defending. If one of these is true, than it is probable that the Warcraft team has chosen this interpretation to be the canonical one.


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