When Stephen Segal tapped me to take part in writing Geek Wisdom with his team of geeks, there really wasn’t any other answer but, “Yes.” After all, Stephen isn’t just a guy who was my editor on a previous book (Stuff Every Husband Should Know), he’s also a friend. Philosophically we come from very similar places, especially with regard to creativity, the human spirit, and our inner geekness.
But better to let Stephen himself explain. In this interview with Wired, he lays out the spark that became the book, the philosophy we plunged into it with, and the great geekdom we left on the cutting room floor.
I especially like this bit of insight:
Whether in a religious or a scientific framework, knowledge and wisdom are two different things. You can be very well educated in the smartest smarts of the day, and still be a careless, thoughtless fool. That’s why Geek Wisdom doesn’t just look for the wisdom IN geek culture, it also looks for the wisdom ABOUT the perils of geekdom that we need to be wary of romanticizing: arrogance, isolation, condescension.