Thesis as koan

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Koan: (excerpt from the Wikpedia entry) A kōan (pronounced /ˈkoʊ.ɑːn/; 公案; Chinese: gōng-àn, Korean: gong'an, Vietnamese: công án) is a story, dialogue, question, or statement in the history and lore of Zen Buddhism, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet may be accessible to intuition. A famous kōan is: "Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?" (oral tradition attributed to Hakuin Ekaku, 1686-1769, considered a reviver of the kōan tradition in Japan).

Sometimes I feel like my thesis (any thesis) is like a koan. A question is given, and at first time it is completely inaccessible, even the "references" are obscure. But as time passes... the question unfolds (I hope) and the answer is given.

Written by Ruben Berenguel