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Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture Hardcover – August 2, 2011
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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"Very smart looking tome."—Wired.com
“Geek Wisdom proves that insight needn’t come from dusty old tomes and the lips of long-dead philosophers. Maybe C-3P0 isn’t Socrates and The Superfriends aren’t a French Salon, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to teach us.”—Suvudu.com
“Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teaching of Nerd Culture is not only an invaluable guide into geekdom it's also indispensable if you have to go undercover and penetrate a secret geek society.”—Neatorama.com
“Any good story, religious or not, can be deconstructed to find an underlying message. That’s the unifying theme of Geek Wisdom, which treats pop culture as a form of secular religion, delivering insights on life from talking robots, flying dragons and everything in between.”—PopMatters
“Premise is nothing short of brilliant.”—Florida Times Union
About the Author
Stephen H. Segal is the Hugo Award winning senior contributing editor to Weird Tales, the world’s oldest fantasy/sci-fi/horror magazine, and an editor at Quirk Books. His geek portfolio includes work for Tor Books, Viz Media, and WQED Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon. A native of Atlantic City, he lives in Philadelphia.
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And probably best of all, the book has absolutely none of the prejudices that one might expect. It talks about what it means to be a geek girl with stunning accuracy, has a range of quotes from all different types of geekdom, and tells us that no matter who we are, geek or jock, we all face the same issues and problems and deal with them in similar ways.
As it is the messages might not strike a chord with everyone who reads it, but for the ones it does reach it reaches with clarity. It's something that people should read just to see what it is they take away from it.
Being of an older generation than the author I can excuse him that more geek goodness was not included from the days of BBS's and hacker/phreaker culture. However all your favorites are here from "I can haz cheeseburger" to Hobbits. I found myself smiling many times reading this book.