From now on, humans, we'll call these nerd phenotypes Nerdoms. They're a bit like Kingdoms of either the taxonomic or monarchistic variety. Here are the types:
IDEAS NERD – This scatterbrained nerd won't shut up about his latest great invention, how it will cure all kinds of cancer, and how it's going to make billions of dollars for the US economy. Will back up those claims with some pretty convincing mathematics.
FICTION NERD – Won't shut up about Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Hobbit, or The Walking Dead. Addicted to content-input. Has an imagination so powerful and immersive it provides built-in alternate reality.
CREATIVE NERD – May occasionally shut up from time to time in order to examine and create things in a state of flow. Similar to IDEAS NERD, except motivated more by making things than by analysing possibilities.
EXPERIENCE NERD – Commonly mistaken for a non-nerd due to being a socially well-calibrated person, you'll find out just how nerdy this nerd is when you ask her about the time she went skydiving in Estonia, or street-skiing through Moscow's Red Square.
TECHNOLOGY NERD – Won't shut up about the latest apps and cybernetic breakthroughs. This nerd knows overwhelming detail of what technology is capable of and makes a life pursuing and acting on that knowledge.
PERFORMANCE NERD – Won't shut up about biohacking, human quantification, and diet optimisation. This enormous dork is the one you see at the squat rack keying data into a spreadsheet on his phone between sets.
So Nerdoms are some pretty "meaning of life" stuff. Do all human lives have meaning? Probably. What qualifies nerdhood? A nerd is simply a human that demonstrates (not claims: demonstrates) a significantly higher-than average interest in a particular subject. Does that mean all humans are nerds?
Yes it pretty much does. All humans are massive dorking nerds of the first order. And it's their nerdiness that gives their lives meaning.
You may disagree and go blog it out on your own website, but frankly I don't think you're nerd enough for that. Instead I think you're going to take a cursory look at this graph and then a long and meaningful look at yourself in order to place yourself on it. I know I did. My spot is just below da Vinci. I've placed a few of my other personal heroes on there to spice things up. They're based purely on my limited and second-hand perceptions of these people, so it's quite likely your views will differ.
Where do you, as a nerd, belong amongst the other great nerds of human history?