Welcome to our Grok Nation FAQ!
Grok Nation is a communal space where we can read, discuss, explore, learn and truly understand the issues that shape our modern lives: from the social impact of pop culture to the importance of human connection, from causes that help to heal communities large and small to the challenges of raising the next generation of activists. Smart and passionate, with a quirky sense of humor and an unapologetic nerdiness, GrokNation is a place for people of all ages and backgrounds – this means you! – to spend time thinking deeply about things that matter, trying to “grok” them.
This community is founded by actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik – this means you’ll hear from her a lot, but we’ll also hear from a host of interesting people who are aligned in their desire to inspire, motivate and help grow an audience of intelligent and thoughtful Grokites. Some guest posts have featured politics, dealing with mental illness, feminism, having a geek husband, sexual violence on campus, body image, human trafficking, faith and cancer, and platelet donation.
What does “grok” mean, anyway?
Grok is one of those words that people who are fans of classic sci-fi probably know, and we understand that many in the tech/startup community are using it, too: originally, it’s from a 1960s sci-fi novel called Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, and refers to one character’s attempt to learn about the world around him by “grokking,” drinking in an idea until it becomes part of him from the inside out.
With all of our content, we try to make sure that there’s an additional layer beyond the content itself: an opportunity for all of you to dig deeper into contemporary issues and a challenge to us all to see the world as it is and as it can be, if we work to understand each other more and to make things better. We hope that GrokNation readers – or Grokites, as you’ve taken to calling yourselves 🙂 – will continue to apply that approach to the conversations that we have here.
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