I gave a talk about The Geek Manifesto at Westminster Skeptics last Monday, together with Evan Harris, and I’m really grateful to everybody who came. Your contributions were exceptionally valuable, and I’m working through what they might mean for my project this weekend.
One question that emerged strongly, which I thought I’d share here, is the meaning of the term “geek”. And “nerd” and “dork” for that matter. Obviously, there is more than one kind of geek, and in this book I’ll be focusing very much on what you might call the “science geek” — the type of person who has an affinity for science as a way of finding out about the world. I’m using it as a kind of shorthand for a group that believes in skepticism, rationalism, the importance of evidence and the value of the scientific method.
There are, of course, plenty of other types of geek — tech geeks, film geeks, music geeks, comic book geeks and the like. What, though, are the qualities that these people share? Is it simply a degree of curiosity and obsessiveness that goes somewhat beyond the norm? Or is there something more that joins all these people in attitude?
As always, all views very welcome!