Jan Cox Talk 1217

Consciousness is a Private affair–Thinking, Public and Collective

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Date = 12/13/1993


The News

Despite the general view of the humanities and social
sciences, man is not so much continually “discovering himself” as
he is inventing same.

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Standing amidst a collection of adult feet and legs, one
small child glanced up briefly and mused:
“A man with a view,
Makes me go ‘phew!'”

…..A viewer writes: “On your last program did you quote a man
as having said that the truth is never offensive, or that it is
always so? …(I seem to have somehow momentarily drifted off
about that time!?)”

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If those affairs singular to man — known collectively as
“civilization” did not incessantly grow ever more complex and
serious, they would collapse under the weight of their own
flimsiness and humor.

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One man said: “I will allow no electricity in my home.”
And another said: “Nor I, any chemicals in mine.” What is the
neighborhood coming to!?

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Original consciousness was like the “opening act” for man’s
present thinking; but now the damn thing won’t get off the stage
and make way for any fresh performers.

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After some years of being around men, and listening to them
talk, one cat said to another cat: “It sure is easy for humans
to make one another sound bad.” And his pal replied: “Meow.”

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The Question Of Class Distinction Reexamined
The crude walk around in a trance — the civilized, in a
more sophisticated one.

…..The Political Scenery Reconsidered
Minorities always favor change and greater diversity than
do the majority; more proof of the preferability of the complex
to the simple, and the outsiders to the establishment.

…..The Matter Of Mental Captivity Resurveyed
Wimps whine and sing about their confinement — real rebels
do something about it.

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The sage stood in city square and proclaimed: “Although I
appear to be one, and use my own tongue, I am in fact — every
man, and speak for every man’s heart.” And a fellow in the crowd
shouted out: “Not for me, you don’t!” And he replied: “Okay,
except for him.”

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A Brief, But Complete, Telling Of Just How Extraordinary
Mental, And Mystical Adventures Take Place
Some people trip and fall down stairs while others trip and
fall up.

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A chap approached the head librarian and asked: “Why, if
fiction is happy do they then change its name to humor?” And she
replied: “Who the hell do I look like to you!?”

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Consciousness is a private, personal affair — thinking,
public and collective.

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A Legendary Neural Conversation
“He who kills the king must become king.” “Do you mean that
he can become king?” “No, that he must.”

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For a mythical hero to be truly heroic he must have no
mother or father. ** “Do you mean that he may not have any?”
“No, that he must not.”

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Conventional Continuity Contributes Not To Creativity
Thus are all true heroes loners, and unheroic in their own
time. ** “Does that mean that time may not be sequential?”
“Indeed, and heroic time cannot be.” ** Ergo, the slayer of the
king perforce becomes king, and a new consciousness regains the
throne.

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There’s something to be said for everything, which is the
only way civilization keeps going.

***
Two guys of partial “philosophical-bent” were sitting under
a tree yacking about the nature of man and certain of his
institutions, and one of them said: “It’s bad enough to be
thirty-five hundred years behind the times, but not to realize it
makes it even worse.” And the other guy said: “Are you sure —
‘worse’!?” And the first one replied: “Well…no, but it makes
it something else!”

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If you think about where you live you’re inclined to talk
about where you live, …and we all know where that can lead!

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The Religious: Those who have discovered a great prize that
amounts to nothing, and now want to share. ** “But sir —
couldn’t the same be said about any aspect of civilization!?”
“Yes sergeant, it could.” “Thank you sir.” “No problem.” **
Moral: Never let priests have guns, nor the military, dresses,
or candles.

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The ordinary ordinarily use friends mainly as mirrors. A
more conscious man would make better use of his personal
companionships — particularly, I might add, as regards him and
his own mind. To what advantage does one let their own thoughts
act as either a complimentary, or a condemnatory reflector of
what they are, when part of “what they are” is in being born with
such an internal mirror in which they had no hand in grinding.
** Birds of a typical feather normally “stick together” so as to
more effectively crash & burn;
While those not on a routine flight,
Might keep each other well in sight,
For reasons having naught to do with,
Sutteeical, self-destruction.
** “Daddy, is that how you can tell it’s a city pool, that all of
those drowning try to get you to jump in and join them!?” ** Any
bird can walk — but only real ones fly.

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How An Improper Understanding Of Time Can Askew Man’s View
It has recently been discovered that the reason the ancient
city of Troy cannot be located is because the Trojan War was
actually fought in 1925.

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Forget “yes” or “no” — a real mind won’t take anything for
an answer.

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A viewer inquires: “Is it hard to be both civilized and
more conscious?” No — the trick is in getting over believing
that there is a possible conflict. …(You think he fell for
it!?…)

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As an animated cartoon was playing, a man mused: “The fact
that I can sit here and be entertained watching drawn, non-
existent images of actual creatures, I suppose helps explain my
toleration for my routine thoughts.”

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Heroes have two things: Imaginary, and genetic echoes.

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Civilization is operationally synonymous with: Agriculture,
the wheel & fire, romantic love & family responsibility, credit &
double-entry bookkeeping, but it’s mainly synonymous with
speech. Addendum: It is however, in its more advanced forms,
functionally equatable with “collective intelligence” (whose
connection and dependence on speech is far too well known to need
be noted here.)

…..By-The-By: Some Supportive News For The Timorous
And The Uneasy:
Civilization always come to “praise” civilization — never
to “bury it.”

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The self-protecting tendencies of the mind are such that
those who aren’t very much “hot shit” are given to saying that
they are.

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A viewer writes: “I have taken to heart your comments
regarding the folly of criticism, and have benefited thereby, but
I still find myself uncontrollably annoyed seeing crudeness, and
regression celebrated as — ‘entertainment.’ What gives with
me?” Sounds perchance like, progress-on-the-prowl.

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Civilization forces people to act like they enjoy being
civilized.

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Thinking has a landscape — consciousness is the universe.
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Probably the best way to deal with reminiscing is not to do
any; perhaps the easiest way to handle “personal memories” is not
have any.

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If you’ll be nice to wild animals, they’ll be nice to you;
…unless you let ’em in your house. ** A decent, concerned,
honest local homeowner objects: “But my house came with the
vermin already in it!” My, my, cluck, cluck, and tish, tish; how
— oh, how many sweet times have we heard this one before!? **

Moral — In Spite Of “The Facts” Reality, And Other Crap-Hands
Being Dealt And Held-To At This Particular Poker Table:
He who has an excuse to play,
Can live to be normal another day.
** As he forced his way off the bus, he said back over his
shoulder: “Comp me by mail, for I won’t be back this way again.”

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How can you tell a civilized person? — They act real
serious. How can you tell an uncivilized person? — They act
real dumb.

…..And an inquiry presents itself to us from a viewer: “Is
being dumb, and being dangerous the same thing?” Yes, to a
certain extent, in that the dumb are a danger to the intelligent,
and to other dumb people.

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Another Nod To: “Life’s Alternatives”:
If you can’t be famous and envied — make people feel sorry
for you instead.

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The Cerebral Culinary Made Cutesy
As they both attempted to lick their chops, the mind said to
consciousness: “Yum yum — if I’m on the menu I’ll for sure be
over tonight.”

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There are, among civilized men, those who believe they have
something “important to say” but who have nothing to say: For
them, exists: Heroes, and collected quotations.

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A Modern Definition From The Combined Worlds Of Literature
And The Media Personal Interviews: An abbreviated form of “bad fiction.”

…..A sociologist with a semi-sweet sausage sat and mused:
“What did people look at before there were tv cameras?…”

…..One man allowed a stray cat to adopt him — but not so, his
mind!

…..One man said: “Sometimes, on a bus, I forget where I’m
going! — Same with my mind.”

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Collective intelligence is a public well from which all may
drink; a few gag.

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In the personal ads of the neural newspaper was spotted the
following: “Man with glib tongue seeks woman with glib ear;
Purpose: To forge one, non-glib understanding.”

…..One man states: “I will not take responsibility for what I
am until someone can show me that I conceived myself.”

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On the eighth day of local creation, when speech married
uncertainty, their first wedding night produced religion, and
their second, all political ideologies. The Dance Of The
Struggle For Power then left the bedroom, as all parties
scrambled for the lead in the missionary position.

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Civilization: Children “playing doctor” but with their
clothes on.

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The Question: Can you have hormones and still be heartless?
The Answer: You can have hormones and still be heartless.

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Another Chapter In Our Continuing Saga Of: “How History
Could Have Been”:
When the first civilized man, first defecated, and looked
down on the ground at what he’d done, he said: “My god! — I’ve
had another little person!” And damn’f he wasn’t almost correct!

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And this from our viewing audience: “I have heard you decry
the serious people of the world — the everyday, the ordinary,
the middle-class — but it seems to me that it, in fact might be
people exactly like you who are the ones taking life far too
seriously. What do you say to that!?” Dear Viewer: You maybe
on to something

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Historically, you only hear of over-weight “mystical heroes”
— the others were so light that they drifted away before they
could be seen.

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Another Item From Our: “Human Distinctions Spotter’s Guide”:
When they don’t know what they’re doing, but are doing it
just the same, ordinary men won’t admit it; when they don’t know
what they’re doing, but are doing it still the same,
sophisticated men will proudly or humbly admit it; in the same
circumstances, a more conscious man wouldn’t say anything about
it.

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On the last day of the convention, the kidnote speaker
presented what he called: “A Maxim For Our Times” that said:
“The power neglect has on success is marred only by the
appearance of man.” And a man with breath ablaze stood and
cried: “My god!, what time is it anyway!?”

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A truly civilized place is one in which you can have stress
delivered directly to your home.

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In attempting to deal with the youthful rebellion of his
son, one father said: “What you need are some adult, mature
ways to have fun but there aren’t any.”

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Having a mind is itself “the supreme mental challenge.”
…(If you wanna look at it that way.)

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One guy sez: “I’m not so sure that it’s accidental that
accidents are so likely to happen.”

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When the cheap and simple sing publicly, they’ll use pre-
recorded background tracks; an original individual by-passes all
such annoyances by doing a solo act.
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Civilization is to thinking as consciousness is to
consciousness.

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Well…at least one thing about it: A man with The Aim is
never alone. …Okay, two things: He’s never totally bored.
…Okay, three things: And he’s never frightened. …Alright!,
four, or more:…

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One day some local conditions asked life; “If civilization
crumbled, who’d suffer the most: Priests, politicians, or just
the average person?” And life replied: “You still don’t get it,
do you!?”

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The only adventure sufficiently heroic to be pertinent to
consciousness is one “of-the-individual” — not of the societal
collective.

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