Jan Cox Talk 0870

The Mind Seeks Less Complexity While Professing for More

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#870 Sep 18, 1991 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :23. The mind wants less complexity in its life while believing it wants more complexity. E.g., modern City fascination with the “mind of the child”, yearning for its unfettered, pure, unspoiled character as the proper vehicle for intellectual progress. But only baby talk comes from the mouths of babes, from the Neural Revolutionist view. The cure for overweening sophistication, ennui, the collected wisdom of the City, by application to the “child’s mind” is just to exchange ends of a sharp stick.

Once structured, mature, the mind seeks less complexity, to be left alone (just as does the body). Why else do men seek to be rich? It is to have less complexity (pay others to deal with your complexities).


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One guy says, “No thanks…” …He says he’s been himself so long now that he’s used to it.

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Whenever he’d have thoughts that seemed poised on the brink of poignancy and importance, this one chap would rush to a mirror, point to his reflection, and demand, “Then how do you explain that?!”

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Giving advice to another is valid only if these three tests are met: One: The other person is the same age as you; Two: Their hormones are the same as yours, and Three: Their DNA’s an exact duplicate of yours…(or else they’re a revolutionist).

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A spokesperson for one alternative reality said that they weren’t presently accepting any new applications.

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A man stopped me over near the Dead Letter Office and said that after watching our show “the prescribed length of time” (?!!?) he no longer even suspected that anyone knew any more than he did — “Except,” he added, “Those who don’t say much…
…with them, it’s hard to be sure.”

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According to one city expert: “Thought without talk is b-a-d
digestion.” …(Who knows — even an expert might be right now and then.)

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One kid asked his elder, “Say, ole man, how come you never insult people who deserve it?” And he replied, “If they don’t already know what they are, how’s me telling them gonna make any difference,” and the youngster thought, “Jeeze! — what an insult.”

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As reflected by one man’s dictionary, the opposite of “complex” is “lenient,” while his brother insists that the correct antonym for “complex” is “dying.”

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One guy queried his neural bud: “Why is it that all the really great questions keep repeating themselves? Is that what makes them great?” and his pard parried, “Or might we say that that’s what makes them stupid!” …(And glancing at his own head, he thought, “It’s good having friends in high places.”)

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Identifying himself as a “regular viewer,” a fellow writes, “It is only of late that I find your programs unsettling, inasmuch as I have begun to fear that each and every Kyroot makes some kind of sense.

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One man’s brain was given to explain: “I have the hungers of a physicist and the tastes of a welder.” (And fully half of his neighbors rejoined — “Hey, tell us about it.”)

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If you can look at another person’s life and find events you believe conclusively “shaped their destiny,” then you or they, one, are fiction. …(BELIEVE IT, Or Change Your Socks.)

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This r-e-a-l dumb bunch or creatures over in another universe had this r-e-a-l-l-y stupid idea that “anything they didn’t like was `unnatural.'” (Boy! What a bunch of stupid jerks.)

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Manifesting typical royal trepidation in matters of potential power encroachment, the king, as he signed the bill finally allowing religion in the state, said to the assembled church leaders, “The first time I see any of you men trying on hats that didn’t come off a K-Mart shelf — your holy ass is fried!”

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If you have no car — why worry about highways?!

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When one of the trustees of the city university heard they planned to introduce a course in Ethics, he said, “If such things must be taught, I say let’s just include it in our Home Economics program.”

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You can tell you’re on the revolutionist’s trail when no matter where the sun is, you shadow’s always off to the side.
…(In subversive terms: The only semi-acceptable history is the pre-recorded kind…you know, the kind you can lip sync to.)

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For reasons known only to him, this one god named his religion, Look, But Don’t Touch.

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No matter your city address, over there — everybody lives in Fairyland. (The price of admission is a functioning intellect.)

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One man (with some dry cleaning way overdue) said he’s not sure there’s much difference between doing what he likes to do and what he doesn’t, and even if there is, he’s not sure he cares much, or not, and even if he does, he’s not sure he wants to think about it, and even if he does, he’s not sure that’s one of the things he likes to do, or not — so there you are.

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Another viewer writes in to tell us that his favorite part of our show is when his family walks through the room and says, “Are you still watching that thing?!”

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One neural city of some time ago, over sideways from where you are now, adopted as their municipal slogan, “Our Eyes On The Future — Our Tongues Tied To Our Ass.” …(Hey — even a metro area might get on the good foot every other measure or so.)

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One kid asked, “Since we all start off with nothing, how’s it possible to `get’ stupid?”

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Buried in the complex nexus of one neural minefield — I mean, landscape — was once a reality that threatened to “have a sale”: Now, this particular reality dealt in no goods and provided no services, and yet it threatened — man-o-man, how it threatened to — “have a sale.”

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There was a strange doctor in a strange land who only gave medications he knew the patient would throw back up.

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From the “I Demand To Know” department comes an inquiry from a gentleman who asks, “If it were not intended that a sophisticated, well-read, up-to-date thinking person become cynical, sarcastic and smart-assed-critical, then why is it so easy to become so?! — H-u-h-h-h??? !!!”
…(One of the young interns here at the station says that maybe we should close up this department before it “gets really out of hand.”… …[Lad, I fear the suggestion is a tad late.])

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One guy would only visit himself on weekends.

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On both sides of the paper and display screen is a reality. (In the world of man there is no synapse without two neurons.
…[And both Off and On congratulated themselves on their fairness.])

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One ole man (of perhaps a simpler persuasion) told his kid: “You can always trust a philosopher who rides the bus.”

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A tune that never made the Top 40 anywhere: “There’s no need to be sad, unless you’re naturally sad, and if you’re `naturally’ sad — why be sad? — you couldn’t help it!”
…(Jeeze! Come to think of it — what a dumb song!)

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The facts, as per one man’s view, is that “the difference between `where,’ and `when’ ain’t worth spittin’ at.”

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A chap over in the local metro area says he’s decided he’ll try not to talk so much about what has happened to him; he says he’s concluded that it’s demeaning enough just being what he is.

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In a finite context the past is pertinent only to two classes: genes, and ordinary creatures.

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This one reality decided he’d just become his own god to his creation, and began his campaign by frequently referring to himself in public as “The Man With Many Thoughts, And Only One Brain.”

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The secret fear of this one, rather routinely dumb guy was that he’d be taken for no more than just routinely dumb. (All dirt trails wanna be two-lanes; all two-lanes wanna be freeways; all freeways wanna be runways, and all runways wanna be further away from the noise.)

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The king doesn’t speak in metaphors…(that’s one of the ways he got to be king.)

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More “Things To Think About If You Don’t Have The Blues Bad Enough Already (And If You Do — What Are You Doing Watching This For.)”: In most city realities, their pithy sayings are of two varieties — either references to martyrdom, or sarcasm.
…(Upon hearing of this, one chap, somewhere in between life and the lack thereof, cried out, “I don’t know which of the two is worse.”)

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This one god was quite often heard to say, “I love it, I just love it,” and all his creatures knew he was fibbing.

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A viewer thusly muses: “It would seem apparent that men are most likely to attack the weakest, and having said that — how do we explain that our most common target is ourselves?”

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Only the civilized are serious; everyone else is either a mute or a revolutionist.

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One ole man counseled his kid: “Those in the city who degrade the `world of appearances’ — generally don’t like theirs.” …(The reason the ordinary world of psychological insights is so popular and meaningless is that it is so popular and meaningless. …[Heads up! Even conventional wisdom might sometimes cut a rope and get two pieces.])

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As per well-established union contracts with the Paris fashion houses and the Detroit assembly plants, after a certain age, your mind is no longer required to turn out any “new models.”

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One of the younger city soreheads tells us that the best thing about being out of the mainstream is that you can drown at your own pace.

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Near the center of town a man confessed, “I’ll admit it: It’s difficult to be as handsome as I am without being as dumb as I am…there! Happy?!”

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The revolution: The attempt to actually change in spite of the fact that ordinary life says you can, while you know you can’t.

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Their grandfather left them each a handwritten note that said: “Dying and being stupid are both extremely personal matters.”

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A visitor to this planet commented that the most egregious shortfall in the human language is that men make up all the definitions to their words. …(You know, he said he was a visitor, but he could have been just an ole sorehead in disguise.)

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To grow is to become more complex; man makes life more complex.

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While ideas may appear either forceful or weak — talk is bullet-proof. (And those who disagree with this idea are free to speak up. …[Part of the problem with real good evidence is that it is ofttimes too good.])

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Being human remains one of the few occupations from which you can’t be fired, and to which its job description bears almost no resemblance to the actual duties involved. …(“Hey, Jethro — did he say `few’?!!”)

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It’s the dance, it’s the dance, and your only chance; you can take the lead — or else you accede.

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At those times when this one neural universe would catch one of its planets in some routine foolishness, it would give it a little push and say, “Okay, you know the procedure — up against the car, and assume the position.”

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One guy became too clever for his own good — but, Hey! How could you tell?!

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A letter from a viewer offers to send me “X amount of money” if I’ll explain what this is all about; his brother added a P.S. offering to double the amount if I won’t.

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If Nature holds the world together, then speech holds man together. …(And yet, on some weekends, some of those guys down in the basement will get all liquored-up and go out looking for words to whip-up on.)

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One man seemed to be his own mentor.

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Before he got on the bus — even before he’d decided where he was going — this one guy’d ask for a transfer.

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All competent public speakers keep a glass of personal anecdotes near at hand; everyone’s a public speaker.

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A certain traveling thought sends word that it perceives the benefit of being a king or a god, or the lead partner in a dance team, arising at times when you don’t want to hear what someone else is going to say, and instead of having to stop up your ears, you just rip out their tongue.

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All neural settlements keep guards posted just in case they ever come up with anything of value.

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Eventually, just to himself, this one kid thought, “Boy, when I grow up, I want to be just like anyone who’s not like my ole man.” …(When unformed at the ordinary verbal level, that which could sound hostile and sarcastic might have an alternative life.)

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Local universe advice with no expiration date: If you do find a place where the majority is not right — Run, Rudolph! — Run for your life!

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This here one fellow got a motto he gave to himself which said: “If you gonna be young, do young stuff; if you gonna be old –die!”

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Any function that is alive is faulty, and men will attack it.

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One guy decided he’d only answer questions when a prize was involved; a prize was hardly ever involved.

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