Style Guide (in progress)

Rules of Thumb

  • use simplistic and easily understandable language over complex and obscure language wherever possible. This is to ensure that the SEI is as accessible to the general public as possible.
  • Do not make absolute or black/white assertions. For example "XYZ can creating the feeling that" over "XYZ will create the feeling that"
  • Do not talk about the conclusions reached during these states as if they are inherently true, instead make it clear that you are simply describing the experience of them.
  • add laughter as a subcomponent of humour enhancement
  • add vomiting as a subcomponent of nausea

Levels of intensity intro

"This effect is capable of manifesting itself across the x different levels of intensity described below:"


  • At the lowest level, …
  • At this level, …
  • At the highest level, …

Referring to the experiencer

  • “A person” is preferred
    • "At this level a person experiences morphing"
  • “One’s” is secondary and provides variety
  • “At this level one’s vision is completely encompassed by geometry”

Outro paragraph sentence:

"Effect is most commonly induced under the influence of low/moderate/heavy dosages of hallucinogenic compounds, such as type list. However, it can also occur under the influence of type list, particularly during phase [or as a result of x]"

Word preferences:

  • To describe a given environment in its entirety: Scene
  • To describe the surface of a given object (like the surface of a wall in a video game): Texture
  • To describe a given object: Object
  • To describe the experience of an effect of an illusion: Perception
  • To describe increasing intensity across multiple tiers: Progressive
  • To describe common sober experiences (to contrast with intoxicated effects): Everyday (life)
  • To describe an illusion the subject recognizes to be false: Hallucination / hallucinatory
  • To describe an illusion the subject cannot recognize as such: Delusion
  • To describe the lower bound of an effect range: Subtle
  • To describe the upper bound of an effect range: Extreme