Jan Cox Talk 3163

Brain Pretends a “You” Is in Charge, Thus Staying on Auto-Pilot


The following recordings are from Jan’s final years, when his voice was diminished and he spoke in a low whisper. Some listeners may find these tapes hard to listen to, or difficult to understand. Thus, as another option, transcripts are being made and will be posted.

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Notes by TK

The CPU doesn’t want to see what is behind the urge to awaken. Aside from its primary function of problem solving, it has only two possibilities of status: running willy-nilly out of control—which is most of the time (and which is denied as the case by the CPU; indeed cannot be admitted by it)—or being bothered by an awareness of such automatic functioning, which makes it cease (but only for the duration of the awareness)! The CPU doesn’t like to ‘sit’—stop automatic operation. .

The CPU creates a fictional second person of consciousness: the ‘you’, ‘my’, ‘me’, ‘I’, with which it seems to have a dialogue whilst running on automatically. It makes that fictional entity then say: ‘I need to get my mind under control’—which is a form of “crying wolf”, where all attendant activity is a reinforcement of its own fiction.

The CPU in effect pretends to be ‘you’ trying to control itself, thereby going on as before, and having no interference with itself. The uncomfortable, unnatural ‘sit-stop’ is thereby short-circuited, circumvented. Awakening is, quite simply, the non-automatic possibility of brain functioning. (55:12) #3163

Notes by DR

Jan Cox Talk 3163       With other schools their aim is not to discover what’s really behind the urge that has produced the description: “Man is living in the dark, in captivity”. If you look at what drives the interest in this thing as being as direct and simple as the cerebral cortex, the conscious part of the brain called “the mind, I, my consciousness” then every manifestation comes from that one area. You are not conscious, you do not have thoughts. The conscious part of the brain does not want to see it. It runs. It’s out of your control. Another school might answer “No, you’re out of control not your thoughts.”

Consciousness made up the fictional character of you so everybody refers to ‘my thoughts’. It starts out automatically and runs that way all of your life. If you’re one of the few people that that bothers you…that’s what being asleep is. Do the one trick we’re all able to do and tell the dog to sit. There’s only one thing-you can’t loose eye contact. Except, you’re not doing it. Consciousness has but one trick but the natural part of consciousness does not want to do this one trick.

The conscious part of the brain while hearing exactly what I’m saying and will turn right around and say “god, it’s hard to do this” (one trick) and that keeps the brain from having to do it. It’s the ventriloquist with this dummy who immediately stops holding the vertical control rod and becomes the dummy. Other than survival problem solving consciousness does not want to control itself.

Jan’s Daily Fresh Real News (to accompany this talk)

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The Self Rustler’s Guide
JUNE 21, 2004 © 2004: JAN COX

A defrocked prison psychologist says that while it is difficult to be happy
while depressed, it is even harder to be depressed while happy.
He further elucidates that he has no idea what this means or of what use it could be, but says nonetheless — there it is.

One guy says: “I’ve abandoned trying to wake up my mind —
all I ask now is that it not freak me out.”

Performance News.
On one new to town little planet they have a saying:
“The idea of a man being famous is shameful,”
which replaced an earlier one:
“The idea of a man being shamed is despicable.”
(God knows where it’ll go from here!)
The kid asked the ole man: “What is man’s most ludicrous feature?”
“That he will pay to look at other men do things.”

You can’t be really thinking about a matter and worried about it at the same time.

To be independent minded is to be twice civilized.
(The second one making up for the first one.)

A man near city park is hawking what he calls: “snow shoes for the mind,”
which he claims will keep your thoughts from “squooshing down and getting yucky.”

Before the physical one was built, and long after it falls,
will the true Arc de Triomphe be in the certain man’s synapses.

One chap’s advice:
“If you have a clearly unprofitable thought, it’s still hard not to think it,
so the most efficient approach is simply not to have one.”
(He left before he could be presented with your follow up question.)

Regarding Certain Mechanics Of The Vehicle.
To have a consciousness that has escaped the prison garage is to know how to
put the conscious part of the brain in neutral even when you can’t turn off the engine.

As the ole man handed the kid a bus ticket to town he included these words: “Remember: if you don’t take city affairs seriously, they ain’t serious — (oh yeah:
city folks are supposed to take affairs there seriously.)”
(How sweet for good advice to come from a pile up.)

You Can Count On It (Number 63).
Whenever someone warns that a particular act will be a “death knell”
rest assured they have a knell in danger.

If you live in a CertainWay – you have no urge to talk about it.

In Re The Collective & The Otherwise: The Prison Population & He Gone Missing:
The Political Minded & One Who Knows.
A partisan can never be an individual.
One man named his pet possum: Mutually Exclusive (“‘Cause it’ll eat anything.”)

(In city circles: the answer to every problem couldn’t appear simpler [or less effective.])
One patient chose his surgeon based on his comment that the procedure
he suggested usually proved efficacious, figuring:
“Surprising vocabulary — predictable motor skills.”

Any action that seems to require an accompanying comment
is in need of more than some damn comment.

The scuttlebutt in one part of a certain prison is that:
“Confinement is just a state of mind.”
(The word however in B Section is that it ain’t.)

Part of institutions’ imperceived job is to subtly remind alert men of the holes in civilization.

A father said to a son:
“There is available a certain indescribable thrill and pleasure to go along with knowing you’re on a train that is going to plunge off a cliff.”
“But isn’t everyone aware of that?!”
“Underline: KNOWS.”

Part of the certain man’s mind reminds him of the flaws in what men
normally believe they know.

Every prison has an inmate who believes he has been placed there to do the work of: “A higher power” –
(this is one of the ways higher powers stay in power).

The certain man’s thoughts constantly remind him where he is,
and who is really in control.

Consumer News.
One man says: “While I want to get my money’s worth, when it comes to
ultra lengthy warranties: I don’t want something that’s gonna outlast me.”

The man who can independently think doesn’t care what others think.
Unlike life in cheap hotels:
an awakened man is not bothered by the natural noises of those around him asleep.


There are only two words one man likes to hear in his head: “Brain here.”