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Thread: A social, quasi experiment on social of being geek nerd, dork, and atheism, agnosticism, and theism

  1. #1 A social, quasi experiment on social of being geek nerd, dork, and atheism, agnosticism, and theism 
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    This is a just a social, quasi experiment that's running through my mind I've been wanting to do for some time, and thought this is a good place to start.

    i want to see how many people who consider themselves either geek, nerd, or dork, would be more prone to a certain philosophy or thoughts of atheism, agnosticism, or theism. If there's any kind of difference.

    If this doesn't go here, I deeply apologize.

    all one needs do, is click on the 'title' of what you most identify with, along with your personal belief in the field of gods, goddess, god, etc.


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    Oh dear.
    What are the definitions of "nerd", "geek" and "dork" that you're using?
    Also, why are you not aware that "agnostic" is NOT on the "theist-atheist axis".
    Theism and atheism are statements of belief, agnosticism is an epistemological stance on what (one believes can) be known about "god".
    You either believe (theist) or you don't (atheist).


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    To be honest I don't have a set definition of the three titles, one reason I called it a QUASI experiment, because I didn't have a set definition. I'm aware all three can be interchanged, but listening to people, I've heard them prefer one title over the other for some reason.

    as to agnostic, I've excluded them before, only to have someone who says their agnostic being offended that I did so.
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    In which case each respondent is, apparently, free to use their own "definition": which makes any result completely worthless.
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    Well not completely as it deals with identification issues. For example I've never been called anything but geek. I do t even recall being called a dweeb for that matter. I'm of course of the theist ideology, and when I listen to famous individuals whether scientists, or celebrities who are more of the atheistic branch, they nearly all identify with the title nerd. Not geek. That got me to wondering if there could in fact be something to that.

    i suppose there's individuals who've been called all three or perhaps four titles. Even more. I was and am wondering how the branch of each differs, if at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CatholicFaithful75 View Post
    Well not completely as it deals with identification issues.
    Actually yes, completely.
    Simply because, being free to choose their own "definition" of each of those descriptors all you get is a word that YOU have no idea how it's defined being used as an identifier by and for each respondent.
    I might as well claim that I personally identify as a "wibbly hatchet".
    You'd have nearly as much information from that as you would from any of the options presented.
    Your "poll", and the responses to my questions thereon, is a particularly god illustration of why the "social sciences" tend to be regarded as so "fluffy".
    If you don't tie down exactly the conditions then your "results" are so nebulous and indecisive as to be meaningless. Except, possibly, subjectively...

    i suppose there's individuals who've been called all three or perhaps four titles.
    I've been called all four (nerd, geek, dork and dweeb).
    Either way, if the name-calling was from someone who has zero idea what each of those entails then it's an utterly meaningless epithet.
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    Fair enough. Then my question to you, is how would you go about defining each title? Have you noticed a distinction or a difference in said title.

    Considering this, I've noticed most people called nerds, in addition to being more atheistic, have a hard time accepting authority, as opposed to geeks. I've somewhat noticed that geeks tend to be introverted, while dorks seemed to be a bit extroverted, sometimes to the point of embarrassment. But like atheism/theism, I could not tell you if there's a pattern that majority holds sway, or large enough holds sway between the three/four titles.
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    I am god.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozarc View Post
    I am god.......

    Okay...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CatholicFaithful75 View Post
    Fair enough. Then my question to you, is how would you go about defining each title? Have you noticed a distinction or a difference in said title.
    I wouldn't, generally, anymore than I'd try to define myself. An exercise which becomes increasingly recursive.

    Considering this, I've noticed most people called nerds, in addition to being more atheistic, have a hard time accepting authority
    Nah.
    Nerds don't care about "authority". There's a vast, although perhaps subtle (to non-nerds) difference.

    as opposed to geeks. I've somewhat noticed that geeks tend to be introverted, while dorks seemed to be a bit extroverted, sometimes to the point of embarrassment.
    You see?
    These are also becoming recursive.
    Geeks are introverted because the people that tend to be introverted get called geeks.

    As a counter-example here's the "definition" of geek from the Jargon File "A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity".
    That, in itself, suggests some contempt for "authority", and a different perspective on "introversion". (I.e. they're interested in things most people aren't - which merely means that "mainstream" people regard them as "not outgoing" because they don't join in with mass entertainment).
    Likewise the same File describes the nerds' use of "nerd" as a descriptor of "someone who knows what's really important and interesting and doesn't care to be distracted by trivial chatter and silly status games".

    I'll happily accept - or even self-apply- the terms "nerd" and "geek" 1, "dweeb" probably only in a jokingly self-deprecatory way and "dork" somewhat less often.
    But like atheism/theism, I could not tell you if there's a pattern that majority holds sway, or large enough holds sway between the three/four titles.[/QUOTE]

    1 In fact my chosen "user name" on Amazon (for book reviews) is Alpha Geek.
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    And yet another who doesn't know the definitions for things asked about:
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