The Matrix – “I know kung fu”

Neo has just downloaded kung fu to his brainThis is one of the most memorable lines of the movie The Matrix. I know kung fu,” Neo says. My question is, has anyone else ever experienced something to where EVERYTHING comes together? I have one time in my life. The only difference is that I had to work for it, it obviously wasn’t just downloaded into my brain.
I was in college taking a computer language course for engineers called Fortran. The professor spoon-fed us notes on a screen that we simply copied all semester. Can you say B-O-R-I-N-G?

We all learn in different ways

It’s true, some of us learn linearly. We like to be spoon-fed, sort of as our GPS spoon-feeds us where to turn to get to a destination. I don’t do well with that sort of instruction. I need to know why I am making a turn, why I am learning this. How will I use it? How does this line of code work into the project that I am assigned? I’m not a computer that just looks for the needed data and doesn’t ask why. Show me the 30,000-foot view of the city, then tell me where I should go. With that information, I  gps on phonecan then use gps; it’s just that I would prefer a map first. When it comes to learning, as a teacher, don’t be a gps, just spoon-feeding me information. I don’t learn that way. I pity the students where a professor doesn’t try and communicate on several levels.
This was the case with my Fortran class I was taking. The professor, who was trying to get his PHD was thrown into teaching a beginning Fortran class. I’m sure he wasn’t excited.

The end of the semester project

All during the semester, we would be given projects to do. We had to write code to be able to generate whatever the assignment said we had to generate. Supposedly we had been given the tools up to that point of the semester. Fortunately, I had a buddy that knew much more than I did, so we worked together to do each project, or should I say, I watched while he figured it out. The whole class did not make sense to me at all.  fortran codeAt the end of the semester, our final was a large project that was due. This was our exam of sorts. My buddy and I collaborated on it. He got to a roadblock and admitted, “I have no clue what to do.” I thought to myself, “Well if you don’t know what to do, we are screwed.” We both sat there looking at our notebooks with absolutely nothing on the blank page. I had taken down every single word from the professor’s overhead projector, looking through all of my notes. All of a sudden, it was like a light switch had just been turned on in my brain. All of the notes I had taken were instantly downloaded, or at least it seemed, into my brain. I looked at my buddy and said, “I know kung fu!” He looked at me and said, “What are you talking about?” I replied, “I know how to do this project. I understand the entire semester.” I took my pen and started writing code faster than I had ever seen him write code. He said, “What? How? Are you sure?” I replied very confidently, “I don’t know how, but I know exactly what to do. This will work, I guarantee it.” My brain and my pen were one. I just watched my hand as code flowed from the tip of my pen onto the page. I was amazed while I was writing the code. After about 15 minutes. I looked up to Morpheus, I mean my buddy and said, “It’s done.”  I went to school and uploaded the code to the school computer and voila, out came the project, perfectly completed, well except one comma that made every result show up on a separate sheet of paper the size of a ream of paper. Once I removed the comma, it printed beautifully and we turned it in. I got an A. neo in kung fu stance

What I experienced that day was AMAZING. I have never ever experienced it again. It was an epiphany. I do hope that somehow I am able to experience this once again. It involved work and dedication, but the sudden connection of every synapse that had been wandering around in my brain that semester was a feeling that was beyond anything that I have ever experienced.

25 thoughts on “The Matrix – “I know kung fu””

  1. Isn’t that incredible when you get struck with that light bulb moment? I learn by watching. Someone can tell me a million times how to do something, but it never sticks until I actually see it playing out in front of my. Congrats on your A!

  2. I learned Fortran decades ago, and I wonder it is still around. Is it still applicable to any system nowadays? Or is it just an academic subject?

  3. I agree with you that We all learn in different ways I know this feeling during my college days lots of homework and practicum project AHAHAHHA! don’t worry everything will be okay 🙂

  4. Haha! I get this sometimes too. Moments when you thought that moment was meant to happened.. meant to you/us.

  5. I have not had that experience but I sure wish I would sometime in my life. That would be so thrilling to find the solution to pressing problems!

  6. been a programmer once, and coding, decoding, debugging and everything in between can be really frustrating at first, but at the end of the project when it all works perfectly then it’s the greatest feeling of relieved ever!

  7. It would be so nice to experience that kind of light bulb moment, like you have imbibed all the knowledge in the universe. Congratulations on you accomplishment. That was such a feat!

  8. HAHAHAHA! This is such a cool story. You know kung fu! I don’t think I’ve had a similar experience to this but I was very good in memorizing stuff when I was in Dentistry School. I don’t really have photographic memory, but I could always picture words on my notes, if I imagine them in my head too.

    This helped a lot since we had to memorize so many things. Body parts, processes, nerve innervations, etc.

    I wish my experience was MATRIX cool but no, mine was just pure nerdy. HAHA.

  9. Wow, well done. That must have come as a bit of a shock. I wouldn’t have a clue about coding – never learnt. Congratulations on the A!!!!!!

  10. Wow!.. Sound so much like what happened to me in my Theory of Structure Exam 200L way back in 2012, all through my time in school if i remember that exam day i will wish that same magic will happen again… But it never did, not just the way that other one happened. Glad you were able to make A in the exam.

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