“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It Takes One to Know One!


I campaign to keep the word GROK alive into the next generation and beyond. This "Martian" word (invented by the SF writer, Robert Heinlein) shares its meaning with the Sanskrit word jnana and the Greek gnosis. It is an utterly comprehensive meaning, which the philosopher Franklin Merrill-Wolff calls “Knowledge through Identity.” In other words, knowing directly—knowing by BEING—rather than merely “knowing about.” 

Do you grok what I'm saying?


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