Jan Cox Talk 0906

A Higher Form of Intelligence Would Be Non-Self-Referent Thought

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#906 Dec 11, 1991 – 1:00 
Notes  by TK

Kyroot to :29. All opinions/POVs are products of collective thinking. All operations of human intellect depend on self-ref, i.e., a point of view, telling WKOGIA. A higher form of intelligence would be non-self-referent thought.


The News

One man used to have his important thoughts in his spare time, and the rest of his thoughts in the rest of his time.

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All real revolutions are begun by a word that has no definition.

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One guy could figure out any thing — (if you or he didn’t ask him).

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At the simplest level, the difference between the animate and the inanimate is in the ability of self-reference. (At the higher human stratum, this question is much more than academic in its consequences.)

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“Thinking more than you have to” is one of the few phrases that even a revolutionist can’t shorten.

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One ole man told the kid, “It’s difficult to ‘lead’ other people at the secondary level if you actually know something unusual.” (And while the younger pondered this, the elder decided to oil up his rifle and take some serious shots at the words “difficult” and “lead”.)

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One man said to his own attitude, “You can speak ill of the living and ill of the dead, but don’t let me catch you talking about me!”

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One guy says that the more he watches our show the less sure he is that he’s actually enjoying it as much as he thought he was. (Shop Foreman’s Reminder: “Life is a self-regulating system.”)

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The springboard to ordinary humor is most often a complaint of some kind.

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In a finite landscape, the attempt to apply horizontal reasoning to vertical situations is reflected in the tale of the squirrel who believed acorns on the ground was proof that trees “played with themselves”. …(And the wise old plastic owl added: “If men were not meant to look off at various angles no more than just parallel to their own position, then why are their eyes both on the same plane?” [It’s hard to fool Mother Fiberglass.])

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Over on this one reality, upcoming weather and other conditions would be — just as a joke — predicted in an unreliable manner.

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The human mind, attempting to unravel puzzles in the way in which life presents them, is kinda like “Grimness-in-a-can”.

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A man sends us the message that it is unnatural for a human not to be concerned, fearful, or otherwise disturbed: (It is most tricky to try and respond to such claims…[That’s the reply I sent him in your name].)

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{…inner conversation with external significance:} If you make up a lot of stuff more people will believe you.

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One ole sorehead salmon coached his roe thusly, “Son, as you go through life upholding our proud family tradition, there are two approaches you can take: you can either complain about the quality of the water, or else carp over the number of other fishes.” …(And Aesop’s grandson said, “Hey, creatures without souls can’t talk,” and his pet squirrel thought, “And in the reverse, my lad, in the reverse.”)

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A certain reality had to finally tell one of its local gods, “Hey, if you can’t stand being talked about you shouldn’t’ave ever applied for the job.”

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When the distaste for private stupidity begins to outstrip such normal negatives, (as the “fear of death”), the trooper may be on his way toward his wings. (“My yes,” added Ethel, “military symbolism means s-o-o much in matters intellectual.” …[Her younger brother (an area just dorsal of the occipital lobe), noted that he wasn’t quite sure ‘what this meant’, but further noted its appropriateness inasmuch as he was never quite certain what it meant to even have a neural relative. (He said he always figured that if life had wanted each of us to independently understand what it was all about it would have made us less entangled with others on the mental level in the first place.)])

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One guy’s self-sustaining motto was, “Anybody that can spell ‘swill’ can be swill.”

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The dumb are spared the expense of mirrors.

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{…and the revolutionist is spared the expense of thinking others are dumb.}

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{…Health Update: There is no such thing as a “local” virus.}

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Over on the aggressive, yet semi-reflective, planet, to save time and brake pads, instead of a normally named god, each person was responsible, in their own private way, for paying homage to the attitude collectively known as “So’s everybody’s Mama.”

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Over by the city wharfs one man used to refer to himself as “The obscure”, just to draw attention to himself: (Hey, don’t snicker, Captain Dicker, in polar-based harbors such doings will float like a fat man in salt water.)

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It’s said there’s a world outside of yours where they have a rule that anything one creature does no other creature can criticize; (if this interests you, you better go catch ’em now cause they ain’t gonna be around long.)

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The latest canceled game show over in this one reality was entitled “Is It More Important ‘What-You-Think’ Or How Much?” …(No sponsors, no viewers, no contestants, no ideas of what the answer might be.)

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One guy’s “way-ahead-of-himself” secret advice to himself was, “Pretend that part of your hormones are already sixty-five, and then don’t act like it.” (He didn’t know exactly what this meant, but he didn’t care, because he knew that any suggestion from himself was well worth considering.)

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Noting that he didn’t know which of the two gave him the most difficulty, his physical movement through life or his verbal reactions thereto, one man decided to call his own existential act Stumbles & Mumbles.

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As he went out each morn for his combination “Daily Skip-&-Think-A-Thon”, this one man would softly sing to himself, “I.B.S., I.B.S.; I Be Sane, Oh, I Be Sane.” Then on his way back in, the guy on his back would sometimes do his own version: “U.B.S., Oh, U.B.S.; U Be Sure? U Be Sure?”

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In the midst of the universal forever seeking change, the local strives for the appearance of stability. (To test this, you may “look out there”, and you may “look in here”.)

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One reality’s latest announcement: “Some people are more mistreated than others.” Part of the local crowd’s reaction thereto: “Some people have all the fun.”

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A viewer writes: “I find your shows sometimes interesting and enjoyable except for the ‘Letters from Viewers’, which I find extremely pretentious inasmuch as they are themselves egregious examples of the ‘self-reference’ which you have been speaking of lately in less than glowing terms. See what I mean?!!” (Signed and et cetera.) …(Oh, this package came for you while you were out; it says that it’s only city soldiers who shoot themselves in the foot to get out of combat.)

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‘Tis not possible to properly enjoy satire without knowing the full story; no one knows the full story. (In a finite theatre it can prove a most thankless act — being a smart ass. …[Unless of course — as always — you have a like-minded audience; “Hey, sit down, sir; is that your head or did somebody lose a pumpkin! Ha Ha!” “Say, that’s not funny, and I can’t talk to me like that; say, if my mama wasn’t the ticket booth I’d demand my money back. Say!” See what I mean?!!!])

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{…”New Timer’s Proverb,” or, “Occum’s Shaving Cream”: Brains run uphill — (When they run at all; the rest of the time they just sit and stagnate while jawin’ about movin’.)}

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By their own admission, most people are.

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In another universe was once a race of creatures who thought that if it were possible for any of them to ever do anything extraordinary on their own that it would require one of two possible approaches; they must either “think about them-self” constantly, or not at all. (One galaxy’s little nephew shuddered and said, “Uuuuh, I’m sure glad I don’t live there!”)

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When confronted with apparent conditions of “non-freedom”, a revolutionist doesn’t feel “bad”, doesn’t feel “good”, just feels revolutionary.

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Attempting to become philosophical, one guy sat down under a willow and thought, “Okay…let’s try it like this: If life is a gigantic advertising agency, then what product am I?”

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At the break of dawn, on some mornings, this one reality would announce: “Some of today’s programming may contain material that is complex and challenging; thinkers’ discretion is advised.” (What a kidder!)

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A rock is a rock, a tree is a tree, and a bird is a bird; but man cannot be quite so easily defined.

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Each morning as he would pretend to leave his imaginary family, this one subversive sort would tell them, “Remember guys, don’t e-v-e-r buy a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g from anybody who’s trying to sell you something.”

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Those who wish to save man unknowingly want to kill him.

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One man wrote a complete history of his world, and he wrote in his head, but he plagiarized most of it. (Alternate version): One man wrote a complete history of his world, but he wrote it in his head, and he plagiarized most of it. (He says his next work will be a genealogy of the words “and” and “but”.)

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For a l-o-n-g time men have looked for the gods to give ’em a tip, and fish keep waiting for the waters to say, “Oh, okay, now here’s the deal…”

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A good thought can spread like a virus — unless it’s too good, and then it cures itself at birth.

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A fellow says, “I want to be smart and snappy, so in my metaphors and symbolisms should I use animate or inanimate objects?” (A chap over in the corner says he thinks this would depend on what kind of “object” your brain was in this same regard.)

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{…Hardware Corollary: It’s hard for a flashlight to put out darkness.}

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In a small western town, near the Windfault Synaptic Pass, the “law of the land” is — “If you can think about it — you ain’t free from it.”

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Near downtown, a man who has seen some of our shows stopped me to say that, “Fooling with your mind is a dangerous thing to do,” and I assured him that that was correct — if such “fooling” actually made any difference. (Do any of you ever adequately reflect on the pleasures of the hobby of having useless hobbies?)

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{…Good Advice: Once your arm is broken you don’t have to grow it back like it was. …(If any children or grown-ups are listening, let’s call that “Good Advice With An Asterisk”.)}

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While the ordinary look for external gods, and authoritative institutions to relieve them of their guilt, the revolutionist seeks an end to his own inner stupidity. (Backstage, after the early matinee, when they were alone in their dressing room, Mumbles exclaimed to his partner, “But it’s not me that’s dumb — it’s my nervous system!” And Stumbles replied, “We don’t have time to go into all of that now; we’ve got to get ready for the next show.”)

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Spiritual Tip For The Day: A religion should not be taken seriously whose doctrinal slogan is “In Your Dreams, In Your Dreams”.

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Many creatures’ natural view of their reality: “Our vision is only matched by our inability to see.” …(Inside of each systemic reality are factions made to say, “That ain’t right — that just ain’t right.”)

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Over in a city establishment, one man was overheard to tell another, “It seems to me that in this life you’ve got your choice: Either be ‘drugged or bugged’.” (Is reported he got a standing ovation for this.)

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{…and a correspondent asks: “Now let me get this straight: You’re like saying that we’re all on a bus that never actually ‘arrives’ any where, but that if things weren’t like this that we wouldn’t even have a bus. Is that about it?” (What a question — what a question!)}

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{…”S-a-y,” says a viewer, “Why don’t you just go ahead and call this ‘revolution thing’ what it really is.”}

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{…once upon a time (pretend, somewhere else), a would-be rebel thought, “It sure is hard to ride a bus where the driver takes up most of the room,” and a fellow seat cushion said, “Yeah, but look at the alternative!”}

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The speaker in city park exclaimed, “If a man’s own mind and nervous system is not his best friend, then who is?” And in the crowd a man retorted, “Exactly! And that’s why we need external professional help to direct and comfort us.” The two looked into each other’s eyes, as they reflected on this for a moment, then went off for an evening of dining and dancing, (in the latter instance, taking turns, dipping one another).

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{…and a dad reminded a lad, “It can be well to remember that not only does it take ‘two to tango’ but that it also takes the same number not to do so.” (The kid heard the words clear enough, but certain areas around his frontal goo-lobes shivered at this neo-handling of alternating current.)}

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{…and a man with a gun is half way home; a man half way home is (blah, blah-blah, blah-blah)…}

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One people adopted as their first god, numbers; (that is until they found out how dumb they were. …Well, perhaps “dumb” is not exactly the right word, but — close enough).

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A letter recently received by the Advice Doctor asks, “Is it possible to ‘be upset’ with out being upset all over?”

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{…one of the cartographers near the window mused, “If life didn’t want Tasmania separate from Iceland it wouldn’t have given us a mappable, discrete spinal cord.”}

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One this one planet there is a dock on which they never correctly announce the arrival and departure of vessels; this berth serves all the waters of that world, (and all the creatures just love it!)

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One chap’s latest idea is: “Every body can outsmart some body else; trouble is, it’s never the right person!”

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{…a man with a name like that has no room to criticize.}

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{…Consequential Note: Every body has a “name like that”!}

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Reflecting on the glorious, singular possibilities of man’s intellectual life, one fellow said he didn’t know whether to become a writer, an editor, a publisher, or a critic.

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{…late last July, one man asked his brother, “If possibilities could run for office, who would you vote for?”}

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{…and drifting down in the wind came this page from some mountain climber’s notebook, “There are two ways a man can think: He can either ‘think’ or he can think about the possibilities.”}

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While wishing the overall merry-go-round well, and certainly doing it no harm himself, the revolutionist gets r-e-a-l-l-y kinda tired of his own particular horsey.

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One man used to study various globes.

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{…one kid told the ole man, “I’ve decided that I’ve graduated, so I’ll be leaving,” and the latter, (even later), considered telling the lad, “If you’d really ‘graduated’, you’d want to stay around and help.”}

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One man got most of his good ideas from other people; all of his good ideas were terrible.

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There is a place where Mary meets the Lamb, the lightning hits the goo, and where all dancers merge, and thus become indistinguishable; there is such a place, but it’s not around here…… (Sure it is, I just said that to run all those strangers off so that just we four could be alone.)

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{…and a man asks, “Why is it that in my home town it’s illegal to hug yourself, but not to shoot yourself?”}

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A man strong enough to take his own medicine doesn’t need anyone else to prescribe it for him.

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{…Knock-Knock: While we may all be in the water, it’s not necessary that everyone drown just now. Who’s There?: You can be entangled without being strangled.}

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{…”Son,” pronounced the judge, “I’m pleased to tell you that having improper relations with your own mind is no crime in these parts.”}

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At the end of the interview the reality was asked if it had any “special, secret message” for any particular, individual creature in its charge, and it said, “No, it’s all right out there in the open.” (Upon hearing of this report, several million similar beings said, “Rats!!”)

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One guy thinks the implications are “simply staggering”.

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