Do you consider yourself a nerd or a geek? Are you both or none? What is your definition of these two words?
CNN.com recently published an article about the nerd vs. geek debate which has some of the interesting history of these two words. However, in their article they asked entertainment celebrities (admittedly, some nerdy/geeky ones such as David X. Cohen of “Futurama” and Kunal Nayyar of “The Big Bang Theory”) about what they thought it meant to be a nerd verses a geek. Certainly, entertainment professionals can be nerdy/geeky (for instance, Felicia Day, the Mythbusters, Phil Plait)… but did CNN not think to ask some scientists? Some students at Caltech, MIT, etc? Some people hanging out on online computer forums? And so on.
So, I’m curious to hear from some scientific and skeptical types. What do you think these words mean? And how many of you are geeking/nerding out about the big announcement from NASA in less than 1 hour?!??!!
As for me? I think I’m a nerd… not quite sure. What do you think?
And, as some inspiration, here’s Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy” Song: