There was speculation the other week to the effect that smart people live longer – the genes for ‘smart’ and the genes for ‘long life’ apparently being the same.
Once upon a time this would have merely meant that geeks got to spend longer being picked on by bullies. But, of course, one of the big benefits of the information revolution is that geeks won. You know:
Bully: Ha ha, you’re a geek and it’s your own fault. Ha ha.
Geek: Wait, my friend, allow me to activate my RASPEROCITER.
Bully: You loser – ha ha – er – whaaa? I’m MELTING…
FX: Close-up of a pile of reddish goo.
Geek: (turns to camera, scoops up some of the goo, and licks fingers) Delicious! Yes – you too can make your own fresh raspberry jelly with my ACME RASPEROCITER. Bullies, parking enforcers, annoying neighbours – entire Panzer divisions. It’s all the same to the RASPEROCITER. Reduce your enemies to sandwich spread in seconds. Other flavours coming soon.
I think a lot of that is down to the way SF was mainstreamed in the 1970s – largely on the back of Trek and Star Wars. Before then, SF fans (epitomised by ‘Trekkies’) were looked on as maladjusted nerds, unable to cope with the real world and falling back instead on fantasy.
Afterwards, it was a LOT cooler. And the tech revolution keyed directly into it. Yah. Geeks won. And, if this speculation about ageing is right, geeks will also live longer.
So how should people behave now? I think Spock showed us the way.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015