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# 44 Talker on Grokking
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Grok (disambiguation).
To grok (pronounced /grahk/) is to share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity. Author Robert A. Heinlein coined the term in his best-selling 1961 book Stranger in A Strange Land. In Heinlein’s view of quantum theory, grokking is the intermingling of intelligence that necessarily affects both the observer and the observed.
From the novel:
“ Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science—and it means as little to us (because of our Earthly assumptions) as color means to a blind man. ”
The Oxford English Dictionary defines grok as “to understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with” and “to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with); also, to experience enjoyment.” Other forms of the word include “groks” (present third person singular), “grokked” (past participle) and “grokking” (present participle).
In an ideological context, a grokked concept becomes part of the person who contributes to its evolution by improving the doctrine, perpetuating the myth, espousing the belief, adding detail to the social plan, refining the idea or proving the theory.
Grok: (pronounced GRAHK)
To grok something is to understand something so well that it is fully absorbed into oneself.
In Robert Heinlein’s science-fiction novel of 1961, Stranger in a Strange Land, the word is Martian and literally means “to drink” but metaphorically means “to take it all in,” to understand fully, or to “be at one with.”
Today, grok sometimes is used to include acceptance as well as comprehension – to “dig” or appreciate as well as to know. As one character from Heinlein’s novel says: ‘Grok’ means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed – to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science – and it means as little to us (because we are from Earth) as color means to a blind man.
In common usage, “Do you grok?” seems close in meaning to “Do you get it?” [/quote]
My first awareness of the term ‘grok’, was from Serge Kahili King, where he mentioned the book “Author Robert A. Heinlein coined the term in his best-selling 1961 book Stranger in a Strange Land.” Kings book, by the way is “Urban Shaman”.
After experiencing the depth of intense participation in an event, I would often just say ‘wow, that was something to experience’. An experience that is out of the ordinary way of feelings. So the term ‘grok’ entered my vocabulary, for want of a term to describe that feeling. Can trace that unusual feeling to a much younger period of life. Whether those feelings were imagined or actually a communication of sorts, is up for grabs. In the usual sense, one is
considered ‘off their rocker’ for hearing or conversing with voices within ones head. Yet their were and still is, a communication of that sort that takes place on a fairly constant basis. Did and do have to chuckle when that happens. ‘Am I or ain’t I off my rocker!’ Well, will just let it be called ‘an unusual experience’. In the forum “Our Ultimate Reality’ I mention an event when watching the star gorilla at the zoo called Bushman. It was like a wave of sadness that I felt. Wonder if Bushman was actually feeling or sensing what he was taken from! The ‘grok’ feeling has struck viewing sunrises, sunsets, flowers and animals. OK, so maybe I am ‘off my rocker’.
Pity that Mr. Adrian Cooper no longer cares to sustain the ‘Forum’ that was based on his book.
Using : http://ourultimatereality.com/forums/index.php
Now brings up this message:
ERROR_DEFAULT_404 PAGE NOT FOUND: forums/index.php
Means that my reference’s to the now’dead’ site are dead links, as above.