OK, how did we get here...

Viliam: Non-conformity usually means low social skills
Lumifer: Er, no, I don't think so.

And now you post this:

Afternoon tea was not a nerdfest; it was a roomful of people who are good at the social game because they are good at just about anything they choose to pay attention to and the monkey status grind just isn’t very difficult.

I feel like it actually supports my opinion. The field report describes successful nerds who are good at the social game. And what I say is, essentially, "let's do it (or at least let's not have a norm of going in the opposite direction)".

I'm confused.

Viliam: Non-conformity usually means low social skills

This is a descriptive statement about reality. I happened to disagree with it.

And what I say is, essentially, "let's do it (or at least let's not have a norm of going in the opposite direction)".

This is prescriptive statement about... I'm actually not sure what. Let's be successful? Sure, let's. But it has nothing to do with non-conformity.

Note that in esr's example the nerds are successful and good at social games. But they are not successful because they're good at social games.

Open thread, Apr. 18 - Apr. 24, 2016

by MrMind 1 min read18th Apr 2016176 comments

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