Jan Cox Talk 1337

Neural Evolution Requires Frustration

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#1337 – 09/19:
Notes by TK

Man’s control of environment via technology is a quantum departure from lower animal control. He is unique also by his mental “control” i.e., description of how life should be. Control at the survival level = satisfaction. This is NOT so at the mental level. Evolution requires frustration. The Mystic is one who commits mental suicide yet continues to live—has only original thought.


The News

In an attempt to explain man’s present mental position, one
chap came up with the “single bullet theory”, but whose possible
efficacy was overcome by his corollary discovery of the “multiple
guns reality”.

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Another Secret Peek Into The Inner Workings Of Civilization
“Self promotion” provides benefit in two areas: In, self, and
in, promotion. (In case you haven’t already figured this out:
It’s like this in all mental-based situations. …Say —
listen!, (in case you haven’t figured it out already): Civilization
is a super neat arrangement. …Hey, why d’ya think that
intellectually life gave everyone two feet on each leg anyway!?)

***

Laying down the speculative tome in his hands, the man
turned to the librarian and said: “I am a time-space continuum.”
And she asked: “Who are you?”, and he replied: “I am man.”

***

In the land of opportunity, mad dogs are not tried, or
counseled, mad dogs are dead dogs. There is no grey, save in
the world of black & white the mind has made. ** As recess was
drawing to an end, one kid said to the others: “Let’s start
pretending we’re crippled and handicapped.” It’ll work!, It’ll
work! It WILL work! — It’s GOTTA work!

***

Whenever the dumb king took over the throne, and would ask
the royal philosopher what seemed like a “deep question”, the
wise one would always react: “Oh goody! — A quiz game! —
What’s the prize? What d’I win?”

And Now: The Mathematics Of It All:
Far more people think they know what’s going on than actually
know.

Advanced Mathematics:
Even those who think they know what’s going on know that they
don’t, really.

***

The extreme banker said to his son: “Don’t worry about your
investments ‘going down the drain’, YOU’RE doing down the drain.”
And the boy asked what he could do about it, and his father said
that he wasn’t sure.

***
Life On The Street-Level Front Lines
To believe that at any moment there is an “objective truth” that
can and should be obvious to everyone, is to continue to mistake
a wedge for sinews, and anger for understanding.

***

As he paced the floor, one of the gunmen began trying to
explain themselves to the captives they held: “We are not bad
people.” And a woman with a child asked: “Who are you?”, and he
replied: “We are man.”

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To The Point
It’s not that everything you know is wrong — it’s that
everything you know is irrelevant!…………..to the secret.

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Now For A, Progress Update:
Sports remain more popular than debates.

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Only the simple-of-mind can be “intellectually offended”.
** A man with a “tired mind” will rest his head in his hand, his
elbow on a table, a table on the floor, and put his mind to work
figuring out how to construct a better floor. ** The March Of
Progress runs on one fuel — Man, and carries but one cargo —
Man. ** Nothing’s fairer than fair, and nothing is fairer than
man — man in the firm midst of life.

Today’s Tale
For many years, one land was totally ruled by hormones, then
they were overthrown, and the people wandered uncertainly about,
asking what the hell had happened.
In the past, (and in the past-of-today), there are those who
say that poverty and ignorance can be abolished, they claim that
with a proper assault on the dual principalities of body & mind (with
the weapons of morality & education), that the peaceable kingdom
of Heaven On Earth can be behaviorally induced.
Today’s Moral: The future comes to those who wait — but
more so to those who intelligently run to meet it.

***

As the ship came to a stop in mid ocean, a man appeared on
deck and said to the passengers: “It is all too easy to lose
your way and not know where you are.” And someone asked: “Who
are you?”, and he replied: “Why I am man.”

***

The speaker addressing the convention presented them this
query: “Why do those who amount to so little intellectually so
love to talk about ‘I’?” And from the audience a voice replied:
“Well — there’s your answer.” ** Later that afternoon, (during
the cocktail reception), some trouble arose just outside the main
ballroom apparently based on the following verbal interplay
between two conventionaires: “Being simple-of-mind can certainly
make one hostile.” “Hey, what the hell you mean by that!?”

***

In Re Behavior And Personal Anecdotes
If the most interesting things that have ever happened to you are
— things that have happened to you — then not much interesting
has ever happened to you.

***

That certain neural change (as exemplified by Buddha’s
“Night Of Renunciation”) is not a denouncing of what one has done
before, but an abandoning of it. ** The religious attempt by
various physical rituals to symbolize their public rebirth, while
the mystical do so privately, in their thinking.

***

The car salesman was attempting to clarify the matter to the
customer: “Okay, look — if everybody wants some kind of
attention then those with no talent want it the most.” And the
guy replied: “Yeah, I get it! — to make up for not having any
abilities deserving of attention.” ** The predetermined
equanimity inherent in closed systems is such that life can
safely offer each and every person a full lifetime warranty.

***

An Investigation Update:
Some supporters and critics alike say that rumors have become too
noisy. (If you have to ask what this means, you wouldn’t get it
even if I told you.)

…..And now this item concerning human mentation: Upon opening
his eyes and looking up from his supine position, he found
himself surrounded by masked faces staring back down at him, and
one of them said: “We’re going to have to operate.”, and he
managed to respond: “But I’m not ill.” And the voice replied:
“No matter — we’re still going to operate.” …(And no need to
ask about this one either, I might add.)

***

One advantage ignorance has over intelligence is that the
former can easily exist in a crowd while the latter cannot.

…..Point-blank ideas have few neighbors in that the ordinary
generally find them too blunt to live near.
…..The Prozacs Of Peace — The Trials Of Turmoil
If you quit tryin’ — you quit awakenin’, but if you quit tryin’
at least then try to quit thinkin’ about it. So!? — what’s to
be learnt!? This: Every effort has its own reward — even the
lack of effort, and if you can accept this as reasonable — hey,
get outta here.

…..Small Kitchen Appliances & The Meaning Of Life
Everyone is on a mission — everyone is a juicer. …(And in the
background, The All City Transcendental Choir began to softly
sing: “Extract Me Mama, Eight To The Bar”.)

***

After his private conversation with some wandering monks,
the king said to the court philosopher: “You know, every time I
talk to guys like those I come away with the feeling that mystics
are just fanatics but without an agenda.” …And the slightly
bemused savant turned away his head as he thought: “As is so
often true — I suspect it is well that you do not actually
understand what you have just noted — for in your case, forget
‘Bliss’ — ignorance is power!, and the means of it’s continuing
exercise.”

***

The man by the produce truck said that he’d personally start
taking the idea of “psychological treatment” seriously as soon as
its practitioners realize that it has the same problems and
dynamics as trying to fix a leaky roof.

…..Whilst on a sunny, toxic, heart-attacking mountain-hike, a
man stopped and suddenly thought: “We don’t destroy the
environment — the damn thing destroys us!”

…..As they waited for the drill to cool down a bit, the woman
asked the dentist: “Is being able to ‘think’ anything like being
‘more-conscious’?” And he replied: “Well yes, as a matter of
fact it can be — if you’ll only think of things you’ve never
thought about before — and only think about them once.”

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Ordinary men would have no intellectual life did not others
write it for them.

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Viability
Continuing frustration is an aspect of continuing evolution. **
The living, mental world of man is unique, two fold: It is
simply unique in that it is one of a kind, but doubly so in that
while it can be perfectly described and detailed, so long as it
is alive and healthy, it can never be fully achieved.
…..To say that: “Satisfaction equals death” is no mere
proverb to a mystic, but rather — words to live by.

***

With what seemed to be the hint of a threat in his voice, a man
told the mayor: “I did not name by eldest son, Horatio
Weedermyer for nothing.”, but in spite of the apparent warning,
and the official’s nod in recognition thereof, he continued to
run the city same as before. ** And a viewer writes: “I
listened to the above with full attention, yet I still must ask:
What does it mean?” Sir — what do you think it means!?

…..Now For Some Travel News
The powerful don’t have to be reasonable, nor the knowing,
forthcoming.

***

To a mystical warrior, confession is not, “good for the
soul” — confession is not good for anything.

***

The man at the chalkboard lay down his pointer and said to
the assembled: “What my colleagues and I are after, but have not
yet found, is quite simple — we seek the truth.” And someone
asked: “Who are you?”, and he replied: “We are man — we are
man, operating in your name — and on your behalf.”

***

The man in the red jacket, lightly slapping the whip against
his leg, said to those gathered around him: “We have one simple
rule here, and that is: Never let a professional comedian ride a
horse for the first time.” And they all took the news — like a
man.

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