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In the very near future, hopefully the end of January, 2012, this blog will be absorbed into a new website, Psychedelics & Language.  Xenolinguistics is expanding to feature the intriguing xenolinguists that have contacted me over the years, through this blog, at conferences, or in the psychedelic sphere. It will have a blog section with articles on psychedelics and language topics, by myself and others. There’s even a store, for e-books, tree-books, free downloads, and xenolinguistical swag, and a free iPhone/iPad app of the Glide Oracle.

And some personal news: I completed the Ph.d. in November, 2010, at the University of Plymouth, UK, in the Planetary Collegium program under the direction of Roy Ascott.   In October, 2011, I accepted a position at the Institute for the Encouragement of Outrageous Ideas where I now hold, gingerly, the McKenna Chair of Xenolinguistics.

If you visit Psychedelics & Language now, you can sign up to be informed when the site goes live.

Dr. Diana Reed Slattery

Dept. of Xenolinguistics

The Institute for the Encouragement of Outrageous Ideas

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After this long hiatus, I’m at it again.  The original purpose of this blog was to work out some of the ideas that are associated with my Ph.D. dissertation.  And now–the actual writing has begun. What I foresee is more entries, less formality, more kvetching, and actual draft pieces from the writing.  Comments, suggestions, critiques welcome at this point.  I’m at the writing every day, keeping a log, placing one word in front of the next, the “long march” has begun.

Quote of the day, from Dale Pendell’s wonderful trilogy.

If some study enlightenment, we study illusion.  We seek medicine in the very poison that has seduced us.  The mind, we might say, is too much with us, so let’s heap on some more.

Pharmako Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path

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Here’s the definition of Technoetics from the recently formed open Facebook group “Art, Technology, Consciousness: Technoetics.

Technoetics is a convergent field of practice that seeks to explore consciousness and connectivity through digital, telematic, chemical or spiritual means, embracing both interactive and psychoactive technologies, and the creative use of moistmedia.

On the analog side, there’s a journal as well.  Technoetics Arts:  A Journal of Speculative Research.

And a Ph.D. program, out of the University of Plymouth, UK, called the Planetary Collegium.  How many Ph.D. programs do you know that harbor a wide variety of interesting artists of the electronic persuasion, bio-artists as well, and those interested in doing research in topics psychedelic?

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“Everything is deeply intertwingled” —Ted Nelson

On Independence Day, I propose a new Declaration of Interdependence, as a founding document of any psychedelically catalyzed cultural movement worthy of the name.
Scientific materialism and the notion of the objective gaze, severed head and heart, reason and emotion.

I declare the interdependence of my heart and my head.

I declare my interdependence in the biosphere. We are all intricately woven together with virtually the same operating system. In a sense, we’re a single body/mind of many bodies and minds. This body of bodies has been called many things: Terilhard de Chardin’s noosphere; Gaia; Kali Ma; Terence McKenna’s hyperdimensional body at the end of time; and the mystical body of Christ. These Bodies of bodies, Minds of minds, grow both ever more complex and complexly interdependent while multiplying independence examples (diversity) at the same time.

This is a starting point for many more articles I think.

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To those of you returning to the site: changed the look to have a white background, easier to read. That’s all. More to come. And just to satisfy the eyes, here’s a LiveGlide still.

LiveGlide image

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Those engaged in psychedelic science—legit or outlaw flavors—assume, as the ancient profession of shaman has always presumed, that the discoveries, the observations, the affordances, and the actions available to a person in an altered state are useful to the community. How useful?

Certainly the insights of psychedelic science—at least the raw observations—have penetrated the zone of mainstream science in an epistemologically potent fashion at the hotspot of biotechnology and genetic engineering. The ability to edit our own design is with us now in part because the LSD-assisted insights of Francis Crick (DNA structure) and Kary Mullis (PCR reaction) laid the theoretical foundation and the principle technological tool. Whether we can design or re-design our own program intelligently is a legitimate question. Attention seems to be going first to repair actions, finding the disease and deformity-causing genes and eliminating or re-writing. What happens when we start to think seriously about what we could be like, what we want to be like, what, perhaps, we need to be like.

In simplest terms—we are heading into an ecological and evolutionary crisis in a few short years. Would more intelligence be of use to tackle the problems of looming disaster? Would an enlarged capacity for compassionate relations with each other help or shall we just continue tearing each other to shreds in the fight for scarce resources? Can we engineer a body-type more adaptable to star travel if we have to flee our self-fouled nest? Or will this whole effort devolve into a marketing ploy for the fashionistas in a frivolous party-while-Rome-burns extravaganza? We’re already practicing our desires for body re-design on Second Life.

Re-tooling the bodymind for survival with a full confrontation that it is our very selves we need to change in order to survive is an option. Needless to say, this will be fought tooth and nail under the same schizophrenic logic that gasps in horror at the thought of human cloning while aiming at the ultimate scientific achievement: the conquest of death. Life extension is well underway. Conquering disease is moving right along. These questions, huge as they are, arise in the psychedelic sphere under the awareness of radical interconnectivity. We can call it ecological insight, or consilience, or simply Love. A science informed by Love? Is such heresy possible?

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