Yesterday I came across this account by Deep Prasad of an apparent alien encounter: https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2019/12/02/scientist-confesses-meeting-extraterrestrials/
“These entities projected hundreds/thousands of sentences and paragraphs in a language that looked like a marriage of Japanese and Egyptian hieroglyphics. I was terrified that I could barely move and was in complete disbelief at what was happening. I’d go back and forth between, convincing myself that I was having some sort of seizure or had fallen unconscious and that there was no way this was happening, to downright fear realizing that it all felt more real than reality.” “hieroglyphs, deep red/burgundy, would flip from bottom to top to change to next sentence,” “golden symbol, dynamically rotating,” “3-d holograms of hieroglyphs,”
Several things struck me.
This is the first time I’ve read anything that points in the same direction as my idea, that I got probably 50 years ago, that graphic symbols–models of abstractions–are the way to go for mental advancement; and not just 2-d, but 3-d, and animated–with the parts moving in relation to one another, perhaps with added sensory modalities color, texture, sound, etc. I don’t recall where I got such ideas, perhaps under the influence of reading Alfred Korzybsky.
Alleged alien encounters often include accounts of hieroglyph-like characters, as at Roswell. Timothy Leary said language of the future will be icons. I think so. They are more powerful, versatile, expressive, retentive.
Prasad describes something like a stream of ideograms being presented to him.
I have had similar experiences. A number of times after steeping myself in my “ids” and then half waking up from sleep I would see through partly opened eyes a great column of ideograms flowing from bottom to top. I guess I was seeing my subconscious at work. I am convinced that ideograms provide a doorway to the subconscious, a way to reach down into it and form and improve it.
“Cognitive scientist” Mark Johnson, in his book The Mind in the Body, speaks of “image schemas” as means of conceptualization and categorization. An “image schema” sounds like a rudimentary ideogram to me. I believe that such “image schemas” are a primary means through which we represent things to ourselves and understand. I further believe that by creating and using ideograms for ideas we can actively add to our subconscious store of images, so it is a means of transforming and enriching our minds.