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Xenolinguistics Report I: Leith Aitchison

This report of linguistic phenomena in altered states comes from Leith Aitchison, down under. I connected with Leith at The Esalen McKenna workshop recently put on by Lorenzo Hagerty and Bruce Damer. Thanks, Leith.

I am…a twelve year old boy living in a picturesque lakeside town in the south island of New Zealand, I have just come back from an 18 month journey with my mum and two sisters around Sri …

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Glide Oracle iPad app

Glide Oracle for iPad Released!
$.99 in Apple App Store.

The icon for the Glide Oracle app is the glyph for the lily, the source of psychedelic knowledge.

One of the 729 translations in the Glide Oracle

The Glide Oracle is an oracle whose roots are in the tradition of the I Ching, …

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Institute Appoints Slattery to McKenna Chair of Xenolinguistics


The Institute for the Encouragement of Outrageous Ideas is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Slattery to the McKenna Chair of Xenolinguistics.  Dr. Slattery brings her years of experience in multidimensional interspecies communication to the position. She is uniquely suited to the furthering of the Institute’s mission, having amassed an impressive resume of outrageous acts and through her contributions as a member of the Task Force to Define the Nature of the Outrageous.

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Aspects of Alien Art II

In my usage, Xenolinguistics is the study of language and linguistic phenomena in the psychedelic sphere. Xenolinguistics gives a word to this effort to create a first assemblage of local knowledges, gathered from first person reports, as from the logbooks of early navigators, about these phenomena. The local knowledges I am interested in are those of the xenolinguists, where the focus, fascination, and subsequent interpretations circle around language—different capacities of language from what we call “natural” language. Xenolinguistics reveals forms …

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Aspects of Alien Art 1

Xenolinguistics: the scientific study of languages of non-human intelligences. Publications in this field tend to be speculative as few people have made the claim to have understood an alien language, at least not reliably.

Hallucinations as Alien Art

The key to this discussion is a conceit of the extraordinary vision-producing ability unleashed in consciousness by psychedelics, as alien art: aesthetic productions of an unknown, hence alien, source. Whether the alien is an unknown (normally unconscious) aspect of the Self, an Other,

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Conlanging–The Not-So-Secret Vice

Language Creation Society logo

The Language Creation Society hosted the 3rd Language Creation Conference at Brown University. The event is a tribal gathering of self-described language geeks, a label I proudly wear along with my newly acquired LCS pin, with its symbolic Tower of Babel. Conlanging (from constructed language) is obsessional, hermetic, prolix, and involves Deep Chops, combined with …

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