I can speak only to people who happen to have grown up with the strange kind of ‘brain organization’ that I seem to have. For lack of a better word, let me simply say that I’m a ‘geek.’ I haven’t got a good definition or a good litmus test for geekhood but I definitely know it when I see it; and I see it in about 2% of the world’s population. The main characteristic is an ability to understand many levels of abstraction simultaneously, and to shift effortlessly between in-the-large and in-the-small. Dear young person, if you are a geek, the world needs you, and you will never run out of opportunities to apply your talents.
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