Whether it’s games, alcohol, painted figurines, film continuity, or conversations where we’re convinced someone doesn’t like us because of something we said, nerds obsess. We zealously deconstruct. We have a very active internal monologue. I think many of the things we undertake are, in part, attempts to drown out that monologue … A “nerdist” - or creative nerd - shares all of these traits but controls them in a way that allows them to deconstruct an idea and map out a plan so the idea can come to life. A nerdist can learn to turn off that internal monologue and calm the mind, the better to think about getting to the next level and its advanced set of rewards and challenges. Nerdist = obsession + direction.
Another excellent quote from Chris Hardwick’s “Self-Help for Nerds” article in the Nov. 11 issue of WIRED magazine. It sounds cheesy, but it feels like he’s speaking directly to me. I can see kids and adults reading this and thinking: Thank God I’m not the only one.
When nerds run out of things in the external world to deconstruct and analyze, guess where they go? Inward. We become the object of our own deconstruction protocols; an auto-cannibalism of sorts … A simple mantra has guided me through the darkest bouts of autocerebral asphyxiation: You don’t have to believe everything you think. I know, right?? If you are having trouble uploading positive images to your ego satellites, here is a great tactic: Ignore your f—-ing brain altogether.
From Chris Hardwick’s excellent article “Self-Help for Nerds,” printed in the November 2011 issue of WIRED. Seriously, you all, this is a powerful article that puts the nerdy brain in an exploded diagram and explains with both understanding humor and grave clarity exactly how the whole thing works. I felt inspired by the end.