I ask mostly because I am one....and so is nearly everyone in the NYC Paleo meetup. The meetup is full of analysts, statisticians, computer programmers, and web developers. Maybe our love of numbers and science is why we are so obsessed with little details and science papers.
Are you are nerd paleo?
I had Star Trek references in my wedding vows.
I'm an IT professional, have a smokin hard body, low body fat percentage, eat paleo, and strength train.
If some stranger called me a nerd on the street (highly doubtful) I would not hesitate to show him my technical uppercut followed by a scientific right cross.
I'm more of a kook, myself.
I like to make big fires and I like to blow small shit up.
I'm more of a geek, actually. See the Venn diagram:
You bet I am: libertarianism, economics, evolution, technology, and getting into programming.
Nerds are receptive because paleo is based on a simple evolutionary argument. So you have to be comfortable with trusting your life to an abstract theory (albeit an extremely well established one). Especially when all the "experts" are saying the opposite: it takes intellectual fortitude to trust reason over authority.
Is the paleo community full of nerds?
And is this site not a place for the subculture of superpaleonerds? I have to say I love the rating system: the more points a member gets, the more a nerd he/she is. This makes it easy to notice the nerd, since body language is hidden on the internet...
I just own a little bike shop. I'm a retail/small biz guy. I did go to college in Electrical Engineering and Natural Science/Math, but have never been employed in any of that jazz. I really am only gaining the skills just now to read and analyze and use my PaleoSkeptic powers on various studies and reports of studies in the media. I'm certainly not a technical "nerd" (but I am a dork)
I rely on sites such as this, the writing of Eades, Taubes, Harris, Guynet (spelling), Peter @ Hyperlipid, DrBG, Dr T, Davis, etc etc. to help me navigate those rocky shoals of Conventional Wisdom and the Low Fat/Processed food agenda.
The PaleoNerds are my heroes, and I love that all this information is floating around for free and so accessible.
I have a Masters Degree in Nerdism.. I mean Computer Science :) Someone called me a nerd in grade 5 so I just went with it.
I sometimes wonder if there is a whole offline Paleo community that get together for picnics and BBQs that we don't know about.
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