RE: virus: Does the term "grok" means anything to you?

Vicki Rosenzweig (
Fri, 18 Oct 96 11:34:00 PDT

I am familiar with term "grok," and have read the Heinlein novel,
and I don't think using it would clarify anything. The word is too
vague, I think deliberately so. It also, at this point, has definite
hippie/counter-culture connotations that might be misleading.
In particular, I think of it as signifying an understanding that can't
be expressed in words; using it to promote a rationalist agenda
would only confuse people, I think.

On the other hand, I could be wrong. Lior, if you could give some
examples of the concepts you hope it will clarify, and maybe a
rough sketch of what "grok" means to you, it might help here.

From: owner-virus
To: virus
Subject: virus: Does the term "grok" means anything to you?
Date: Thursday, October 17, 1996 10:43PM

Who's familiar with the verb "grok", introduced by R.A. Heinlein on his
"Stranger in a Strange Land"?
I think it will make some of my (our?) points a bit more understandable.
Any responses?