Grok /ˈɡrɒk/ is a word coined by Robert A. Heinlein for his 1961 science-fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land, to indicate a concept of self transcendent experience and emergent identification beyond those of many "subject-object" assumptions. It has since become a widely used word to indicate intense or profound understanding.
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- Can you sniff/sense/feel/grok the very thing you covet‥and secretly fear?
- 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 Earthling assumptions) as color means to a blind man.
- There was so much to grok, so little to grok from.