The Mirror Image Of Myself

Hacker Koan

Posted in Asides, Humor by zenmaster on July 21, 2007

Koan (pronounced as ko-an) is well-known for absurdity and difficult to be answered with yes or no as there’s no absolutes in the koans. Depending on the person, he/she might give different answers. Geeks in MIT came out with something hillarious out of blue, called hacker koan. Hacker koan is a parody to the Zen’s version of koan. Usually, it’s ended up with punchlines. One of the examples is:

A student was playing a handheld video game during a class. The teacher called on the student and asked him what he was doing. The student replied that he was trying to master the game. The teacher said, “There exists a state in which you will not attempt to master the game, and the game will not attempt to master you.” The student asked, “What is this state?”

The teacher said, “Give me your video game, and I will show you.” The student gave him the game, and the teacher threw it to the ground, breaking it into pieces.

The student was enlightened.


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  1. Mr. F said, on July 22, 2007 at 11:30 am

    I lol’d.

    Those guys at MIT never cease to amaze me.

    Zen: I LOL’d it, too. Hacker koan is as rocks as /b/ and LOLcats. XD

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