reitoei Can you ever grok grok? can you ever grok anything 011227
Toxic_Kisses it sounds like a name to be used on one of thoes icky creatures in "The FellowShip Of The Ring" movie 011227
reitoei its from 'stranger in a strange land' by robert heinlein. the monsters are orcs not groks 011227
hydrochloric puppy heinlein was a strange guy himself

i like his works, but they lead me to be almost certain he was a fascist

funniest thing was that the first book of his i read was something that most parents would have freaked out over if they had known it was in our grade school library

FRIDAY. one of his later works
Dafremen Anyone ever read a sleazy little piece of trash called AZTEC?

Now there was a book to get you through the lonely nights...
sim grok /grok/, var. /grok/ vt.

[common; from the novel "Stranger in a Strange Land", by Robert A. Heinlein, where it is a Martian word meaning literally `to drink' and metaphorically `to be one with'] The emphatic form is `grok in fullness'. 1. To understand. Connotes intimate and exhaustive knowledge. When you claim to `grok' some knowledge or technique, you are asserting that you have not merely learned it in a detached instrumental way but that it has become part of you, part of your identity. For example, to say that you "know" LISP is simply to assert that you can code in it if necessary - but to say you "grok" LISP is to claim that you have deeply entered the world-view and spirit of the language, with the implication that it has transformed your view of programming. Contrast zen, which is similar supernal understanding experienced as a single brief flash. See also glark. 2. Used of programs, may connote merely sufficient understanding. "Almost all C compilers grok the void type these days."
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Zulu me grok, you not grok, only one grok in world. 020628
kingsuperspecial me next.

jane i remember reading s.i.a.s.l. about four or five years ago
[back in the science fiction phase]
i don't know how much i really understood back then
i guess i should read it again
jane but either way, i think i'm going to start using grok as a sporadic vocabulary word 020927
hsg drink_in_fullness 100504

"For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the word "grok" was coined by author Robert A. Heinlein for use by his character Valentine Michael Smith in his classic science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land. The title comes from the fact that Mike is the only survivor of the first human expedition to Mars. When Earth gets around to putting together a rescue mission, some twenty years later, they find that Mike -- a child born out of wedlock between two of the original members of the exploration team -- has been raised by the Martians. The book then details Mike's "adventures" as he is brought back "home," explores human nature, and tries to bring the Martian philosophy to Earth. In this book we find Mike using the term "grok" frequently. At first when he says "I grok" it appears to mean "I understand." But later, in response to a question, Mike declares that grok means "to drink" in a literal translation from the Martian. As his friends discuss the term further they determine that the exact meaning is hard to pin down because in Martian it tends to imply everything that humans mean when they refer to religion, philosophy, and science. So the phrase "may you always grok in fullness" is intended to convey your hope that someone will not jump to conclusions, will not immediately pass judgment, will not act without thought; but instead will look at every problem, opportunity, and action from any and all perspectives. It is asking that the recipient try to understand a situation so thoroughly that they effectively become one with it -- that they can see all of the other points of view from all of the other perspectives. Then, once this "understanding" has been attained -- once the observer has become part of the observed and understands its perspective -- then they can act in full confidence that they will do the best and the right thing."
other christ_story 100504
flowerock. grok
understand (something) intuitively or by empathy.
"because of all the commercials, children grok things immediately"
empathize or communicate sympathetically; establish a rapport.
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