Jan Cox Talk 0956

Experience Without Thought Like Eating Without Tasting

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#956 Apr 6, 1992 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :25. Were it not for external authority the mind could not think. Experience w/o thought is like eating w/o tasting. In holy scriptures, external authority has covered everything for the individual, thus he need not think. All failings of responsibility are attributed to external authority (e.g., demon). But “evil” is only evil by the saying it is so.


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When no one bothers to point it out — it’s gone farù beyond the realm of “obviousness.”

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In a spoken world there are two versions of everything… which is what makes them appear to be different, but which is actually no proof.

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To be uncertain is to be civilized; to be uncertain is to be of sound, stable and admirably ordinary mind.

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A sizable chunk of an ordinary man’s ability to think is in him thinking that he’s probably already doing it all wrong.

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‘Tis only a revolutionist who can be civilized and not feel he suffers from it. …(And a viewer asks: “Could there be more than one or two levels of being ‘civilized’?” — Did he say “one or two million” — or what?…)

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To encourage physical exercise one man put the toilet paper holder on the bathroom ceiling.

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For the first day of spring one ole man told the kid, “The music you hear was written before you got up this morning.”

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Assurance: Trying to “pin down” what sanity IS will help the ordinary stay so.

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From any and all sane, reasonable collective views, to build a bus capable of space travel you must first have a broken bus.

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And a chap near the north side of town recently thought, “In the by-play between acts and facts, if acts could talk — what a noisy place this would be.”

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The bridge between the necessary and the secondary is always talk.

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In the city they say that, “He who smiles in the face of adversity is a fool.” But the revolutionist would add, “…or else a rebel looking in a mirror.”

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Just past two this afternoon a new speaker took over in city park and had this to say, “Experience without thought is like eating without tasting the food.” And a guy in the crowd yelled, “Yeah, I’ve eaten THERE before.”

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Man’s invention of gods and demons makes it possible for him to anthropomorphize his own missteps.

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And a viewer writes: “After personally reflecting on some of what you’ve said it would now appear to me that all of man’s so-called ‘social problems’ are due to his mistaking heredity for environment.” (Sir: If that were true it would be correct.)

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The reason time, space and general intelligence are all measurable is due to their relative unimportance.

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After a period in which the local reality had subjected the creatures to some particularly trying times, from amidst the huddled masses arose a small voice that said, “Not to worry — some of us are more huddled than others.”

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One guy noted that revolutionist thinking is kind of like making the matches you found match up with the flame you already had going.

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Since man’s factual world is not absolute, problems therein receive AB-solution rather than “A” solution.

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want to walk alone. …(And everyone cried out — “We don’t want to walk alone!”)

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Where time is allowed to run freely — birds cause bird seed.

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Failing to look around will certainly keep you from ever getting lost. …(And a chap driving a 1957 Herringbone [with patches on the elbows] declared, “Being DIS-oriented is NOT better than not being oriented at all.” [And he did say this with a good deal of authority.])

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Before all important speeches the mayor’s mind would remind him, “The less certain you are of what you’re going to say, the better you should dress.” …(How true, how true! And how much more could we not learn from our proud public officials!)

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As some of the after-work crowd began to gather in the speaker’s area of city park, a chap mounted the soapbox and addressed them just so: “Sex is a metaphor for life; sex is a symbol for life; sex is a simile for life…” And a voice from the assembled shouted out, “Hey, enough foolin’ around — get down TO IT!”

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When anything, be it man, enzymes, or a star, can develop no further — it begins to talk.

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watch tells cheap time.” “Unfashionable dimensions are no friend to the hip.” And, “Most brains were built by non-union labor.”

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One city, surveying its grand ballroom and its citizens actively therein, mused, “We dance to shadows and ghosts, which is of course what makes life worthwhile.”

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And a gentleman writes to us: “I have seen your show on numerous occasions, and for a while I was intrigued by your calling what you talk about ‘the revolution,’ but if you could make heating-&-air-conditioning into such a pertinent metaphor I’d be even more interested. Yours Sincerely,” etc.

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The primary world can’t sing, but it’s all the secondary can sing about. …(“Query,” injects a viewer, “does this infer that man’s intellect can never have a true ‘life-of-its-own’?” — Hey, what da’ya think, guys?!)

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The words of a certain rebel sergeant to some troops, “It could be said that a neural revolutionist is ‘frivolous with a purpose.’ It could be so said, but I’M not going to say it.”

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This station is now proud to bring to you the feature, “You & Your Money, Honey”: Ordinary thought is intelligence on a fixed income.

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In some races the crippled run faster. …(And a listener thought, “You better not be talking about the human race!”)

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Facts (over in the secondary) see acts (back in the necessary) as being generally “out-dated” and far behind the times.

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According to the laws of the city, there are two kinds of evil: Things which are “evil in themselves,” and things which are “evil because they’re prohibited.” But the wider revolutionist view would note that the “evil” man continues to speak of arises from things being named; that is: Things become evil simply and only by being called evil. …(Whales always eat sharks — which is why no one can see whales.)

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Another interesting aspect of man’s brain (as regards exercise) is that it believes it can only learn how to run through instructions.

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Once the kid realizes he is in the ole man he can then realize the opposite as well.

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Once it finally got to BE Friday in his world, one man burned all his notes.

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After spending thirty years on the matter, one guy went ahead and concluded, “Just being ordinary will provide you with all the grief you’ll ever need.”

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One of the speakers in city park yesterday declared, “Having doubts is a sure sign of superior intelligence.” …(He later admitted in private that the city made him say that.)

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is one who can say the most in the least amount of words, then a revolutionist poet should be one who can say the most without actually saying much of anything.”

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The difference between man’s singular secondary problems and the generalized necessary ones is that one group is fact-based, the other, act-based.

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In his preparations for daily life this one fellow would periodically remind himself that it is easier to be aggressive when you’re either hungry or over-fed. …(As they marched, this one band sang:

“Stuffed or starved,

Stuffed or starved;

From our flanks our

Steaks are carved.”

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In politics, the question is always “the past,” while with religion, that is the answer.

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In a neural closet the value of any idea is whatever the next mugger believes it to be.

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House-guests in your head shouldn’t overstay their welcome.

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Local reality finally admitted to the creatures, “Whatever is most important to you IS the most important thing in the world, and I’M not going to interfere in it.”

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mouth full.”

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One being struck with a dash of stardust thought, “Revolutionist thinking is like the unraveling of a labyrinth that ordinary thought doesn’t even want to admit exists.”

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Even the fearful, once they caress bullets, become enamored of gunfire. …(Once you think, there’s no turning back — even if you GO no where.)

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And the guy down in the alleyway shouted out, “Watch it! A guy without good ideas may have yourù ideas! — Watch it!”

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One city thinker said that he looked on his own intellectual process and history as a large ball of string he had rolled up, and then traded for a tinfoil collection.

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One guy referred to his own thinking processes as, “soup dancing.”

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If you try and look at your hobby as an investment you end up feeling cheated. (And a man asks, “Is that what’s wrong with my approach to the revolution?”)

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Thought one rebel to himself, “A question with no answer is almost as good as no question at all.”

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A young rebelliously inclined suburb mentioned to its older city-part, “The easiest way to think of life is in terms of ‘profit-&-loss.’ The easiest way to get deluded about life is to think of it in terms of profit-&-loss.”

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According to one foreign myth, a certain “Synaptic Prophet” left this message near the base of the cranium base camp: “A small one shall become a billion, then the billion, a small infection.”

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And from our audience comes this letter: “Is it possible that I take what you say mistakenly as being applicable to life on this planet?” …(What if man’s intellectual dread of death is actually a fear of being left behind, and stranded here.)

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Conversational Fragment overheard near the city strip mines: “Facts can kill you!” “Yeah — if they can find me!”

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Eagles can never impress worms — and if they try, they don’t deserve to be eagles.

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himself, “Looking back on it now it’s easy to say that religion should have been the ultimate hobby…” …(Two weeks later he thought the same thing about science….then the month after that, about art.)

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In a finite setting, prudence and moderation only exist as local concepts. …(Addendum: In a closet no one “holds back” — except those who think they do — [And of course they don’t either.])

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In one galaxy they had a saying, “Only the cute survive — and only the real cute live.” …(Do you suppose they have somehow equated thinking with cuteness?)

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A certain man who had tried to pursue the revolutionist course began to wonder, “Will knowing a little, or even some, actually ever do me any good?…” …(As the exercise of his “final request” the condemned man asked that the firing squad be enlarged to include every person on the planet.)

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Stability, Repetition, and Sanity were Adam’s first sons.

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Attempting to help the kid pursue his rebellious adventure, the ole man told him, “Only your hormones’ll know when you get there — ignore whatever your mind tells you.”

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Those still blind to the controlling hand of genes support the idea of retribution and the notion of a psychological environment. …(As long as a caged animal believes the bars are of his own making, escape seems possible.)

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mysteries” inasmuch as they secretly know that the final answers and frivolities will be unable to speak. …(What else could remain an “unknown” to a thinking, talking being?!)

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One form of mortal, neural progress is to have no thoughts regarding it.

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Between the necessary and the secondary, ordinary men seek a pleasant balance; a revolutionist, a new one.

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