Jan Cox Talk 3365

Ingrained Sense of Self Always Finds a “Self” Wherever It Looks


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Notes by TK

You should take some time every day to completely shutdown the mind’s activity that is not thinking-about-thinking. I.e., any thoughts other than “who or what am I?” or “what is in me that can be aware of this self?” Before the threshold of individual thought, man participated in a collective thinking, like a herd or flock or ant colony.

Collective thinking never produces anything constructive, innovative. The self is so ingrained in man that he is incapable of considering the possibility that there is no self in him, that the stream of passing thoughts gives the illusion of a substantial self. (21:03) #3365

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

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The Cortical Rebel’s Crucible
OCTOBER 21, 2005 © 2005 JAN COX

A guy who wrote made note:
“Those with a torqued sense of humor take my writings seriously, and those with a stilted sense of seriousness believe they are attempts at humor,” and a voice shouted: “I say throw ‘em both in the pit and let ‘em fight it out!” “Yeah!” “You said it!”
“Damn straight!” – came cries from the crowd.

Whenever he starts to feel better one man will say: “That’s a good sign,”
and when he begins to feel worse, will say: “That’s a bad sign.”
Note: Everything’s a sign of everything.

Hormones Pucker Up On Literature.
One day while surrounded by pockets of ordinary people engaged in normal conversations, looking at their ever-moving lips, and him knowing generally what was issuing therefrom, a man mused: “I feel like a Proctologist In Wonderland.”

Before offering his views, one man likes to preface his remarks with the words:
“We astronomers like to look at the big picture” — which seems to please many of
his listeners, and particularly tickles him (especially as he takes into account what a
parochial pinhead he is).

The older the institution – the further removed it is from its original aim.

“Well,” chirped the Cheer Up Man, “one nice feature of periodically going into
a physical tailspin is coming out of it,
and the one nice feature of going into a non-physical tailspin is nothing.”

The older the institution – the dumber.

Pondered a chap:
“What is freedom of thought? – how free can thinking be?
It could be free from thinking what it has thought before,
and it could be free from thinking what everyone else is thinking…..but after that, what?…..”

Representatives from each of the cultural areas agreed: “No whining – no art.”

Trying strenuously to sound sincere when talking about any second-reality matter makes a man sound like a complete fool (at least to the few who are not so themselves).

Everything There Is To Know About Advice
Plus What No One Can Grasp.
Elder: “I don’t want you to become a musician; all they do is drink and chase women.”
Younger: “What did you do when you were young.”
Elder: “Drank and chased women.”

The older the institution – the pushier.

Anything that can be analyzed from multiple, conflicting perspectives
can be dispensed with.

One man said: “The day will come when you stop lying about your age
and start bragging about it,” and another chap who heard thought:
“And that’s the day you will have become really old and have the feeling that you squandered your years.”

A sick man thought: “I don’t mind dying, as long as it’s not today…………..but hell – every day is today.”

The older the institution – the more self-referential it becomes.

Surveying his basement, a man commented:
“Mold will slip up on you faster than everything in the world,”
and from the attic came a voice: “Not everything.”

Some men dream of religious freedom, some of political freedom,
some dream of social freedom, and others of financial freedom;
the neural-revolutionist dreams of a freedom that cannot be described.

If you have a grievance with Life or man, you have a brain tumor
(commonly known as ordinary thinking).

Another Super Safe Bet.
Operate on the assumption that everyone is as incompetent as you can be.

The older the institution – the less significance it has for anyone who can independently think.

A primo example of the astounding divide between what seems absolutely so
to normal thinking and its total fallacy is the feeling that “I” is a thing of substance.

Says one guy: “I’m a stay-at-home dad,” and his neural son was also not quite sure
what this signified.

One man’s biggest intellectual challenge is trying to determine whether he is suffering mild or medium Alzheimer’s.

“You once said: ‘Only the free can see,’ but don’t you have to see to be free?”


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