Out on a Limb: The Map is Not The Territory

By Christopher Schwarz
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From the February 2009 issue #174
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A college professor who taught Zen Buddhism once told me the following odd story about a test he gave to his students.

The test had only one question: “Explain the nature of Zen Buddhism.”

All the students scribbled furiously for a couple hours to answer it – except for one guy. He sat quietly at his desk during the exam. At the end of the two hours he turned in his blue examination booklet.

Except for the student’s name on the front, his test booklet was empty.

The professor thought about this for a moment and then gave the following grade: “A” for content. And “F” for grammar.

The process of learning woodworking is filled with odd dichotomies like this. On the one hand, you can read about woodworking for years and never take it all in.


From the February 2009 issue #174
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