The Department of Xenolinguistics at the Institute for the Encouragement of Outrageous Ideas is initiating a broad-based program to further our work with the Glide symbolic system. The Glide Oracle emerged from a long-term research project in the Department of Xenolinguistics at the Institute for the Encouragement of Outrageous Ideas. The 27 glyphs of the Glide symbolic system, below, were discovered, innocently enough, in a science fiction novel, The Maze Game.
CALLING ALL XENOLINGUISTS
With the release of the Glide Oracle to the public as an iPad app, we hope to enlist the assistance of language geeks internationally in tackling the translation of the core glyphs from a new perspective, which would, of course, result in an entirely different set of oracular translations. The Department of Xenolinguistics would also like to hear about any similar experiences you have had of linguistic phenomena in the psychedelic sphere. You can contact us through the Contact item on the main menu, above.
Glide studies began with the examination of the glyphs as an exercise for advanced xenolinguists in distinguishing between purely decorative signs devised by an artist for artistic purposes and a true linguistic phenomenon involving contact with the Other in some form. When our doctoral students insisted that these were indeed the glyphs of a linguistic system, the famously reclusive author, Dr. D. Slattery, was contacted for clarification. Her story of the source of the glyphs has rocked the world of academic xenolinguistics. (It’s not a very crowded field, so little harm was done.)
Dr. Slattery claims that the glyphs were downloaded directly into her psyche during an altered state of consciousness as an artifact of an alien civilization. She performed a series of secret experiments over a ten-year period, ingesting a variety of psychoactive compounds to, as she puts it, “firm up the interface between my own human and the alien mode of thought.”
Alien Downloads Require New Research Protocols
Dr. Slattery’s suggestion to the Dept. of Xenolinguistics was that we try to verify or falsify her results, using the same experimental protocols: 1) ingest a psychoactive material; 2) study the glyphs while in the altered state; 3) report findings. This method resulted in a vast collection of new data about Glide language, Glide civilization, and Glide concerns.
The project scored well on the outrageousness index. A small team of exceptionally discreet xenolinguists took up the task.
Classic Slattery translation of the 27 Glide glyphs
Dynamic 2-dimensional Glide: 27 Glyphs morphing.
Dynamic 3-dimensional LiveGlide.
Of course, what Dr. Slattery found was replicated, in so far as anything as overwhelmingly complex as a psychedelic experience could be considered “replicated.” Who could judge? But this was only one of the methodological issues faced by the Glide Task Force (GTF). Led by Dr. Jack Reno, Institute President, the team encountered exceptional challenges. To say, publically, that they are in close and frequent communications with aliens who, for reasons as yet unclear, were intent on seeding the Glide (and other) languages on Planet Earth, risks the rolled eyes of generations of S.E.T.I. Listeners. Like any Messianic Cult, S.E.T.I. lives in devoted anticipation of an event, in their case, an event they call Actual Contact. They do not look kindly on anyone reporting Actual Contact, even from within their own ranks, as that would end the state of longing-for-Contact that is the heart of their motivation. The S.E.T.I. Listeners think especially dimly of reports of Contact that do not occur using their S.E.T.I. protocol, the sifting of signal from noise from radio telescopes.
But S.E.T.I. has been the least of our challenges. Much more pertinent is the explosion of new, and often contradictory findings about the language itself. The issue of the translation of glyphs whose meanings are fluid due to their tendency to morph, their positional changes (they can be read in any direction), and their placement in a maze composition multiply the essentially polysemic qualities of the symbolic system to the point of chaos, where everything means everything else (and then some). The Glides themselves (in a joint research session with the team) suggested we try using an oracular format for translating a group of 729 glyph-pairs in line with the deeper mathematical connections to the I Ching. The I Ching’s correlative construction, and origins in shamanic, divinatory practices, make it the closest planetside textual/symbolic system to Glide.