Hey, finally a sheepdog for the nerds. Bless you for protecting that chess club! That is a great set of arguments and observations. I think you could stretch it just a little to partially explain why the gender and race gaps persist in the STEM fields. Maybe the subtle, and not so subtle, peer pressure is an even larger disincentive to nontraditional nerds. It certainly is a perverse trend in society to glorify mediocrity and materialism.