to ken

31 Mar 2019

To Ken

Submitted by John T Reagan

If you have ever read literature written by someone from Scotland you have likely run across a word we don't use much over here in America.  That word is "ken".  To define it in American English one would say it means (in its verb form) "to understand".  Unfortunately, that definition only gets to part of the meaning of "ken".  When we think of understanding something – say a scientific research problem or maybe just why a friend is behaving the way he is behaving – we think in terms of taking our accumulated knowledge (a whole lot of facts and observations) and analyzing until we arrive at

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