The Geek Nerd False Dichotomy

This post is not to add fuel to a flamewar of geeks versus nerds. On the contrary, I think they’re two sides of the same coin, united on common ground. Thus “geek or nerd” is a false dichotomy.

Geeking out on the grammar with a nerdy definition of dichotomy should help. From the New Oxford American Dictionary:

Dichotomy – a division or contrast between two things that are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

Geeks and Nerds are not “divided” but maybe “distinguished” or “distinct.” They do have some contrast, but they’re not diametrically opposed to each other!

Case in point: Star Wars and Star Trek both have common ground: stars and aliens and sci-fi! Likewise, geeks and nerds are not entirely different.

I write that to preface that I found some really cool info on good distinctions between geeks and nerds. And I simply must share it. This info is what recently helped me to decide if I myself am more of a geek or nerd.

Spoiler alert: I’m mostly a geek!

Without further ado, check these links to geek out on the geek-nerd debate!

I hope the above links help clarify the idea (the last one includes an awesome Venn diagram!) And I hope that geeks and nerds realize they’re to be friends, not foes. Celebrate the common ground, accentuate the differences. But know this:

Differences do not necessarily need to divide.

I’m afraid the tendency to divide comes from the old Us-versus-Them ego mentality, which can plague just about any two entities. But I digress.

Anyways, I found the info in the links helpful. It allowed me to comfortably specify my previously vague blog tagline and welcome message.

Be informed and enjoy!

If you’re on the geek/nerd spectrum, where about do you think you are? Comment below or contact me; I’d love to hear from you!

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Jason McFadden

Jason McFadden blogs about computing, gaming, and more. He also writes editorials for RPGamer.

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