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Do You Grok Open Source?

Jul 13, 2007, 00:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark R. Hinkle)

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"Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein, in the 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, coined the term 'grok.' In the story the word was part of the Martian language:

"'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..."

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