At first I thought it would be ridiculous to ask this question in a forum but, in reality it's probably the best place ironically. (background information) I am a recent college graduate. Metal Casting technician. 26 years old, and basically decided to self-cure my Social phobia. No offense to any psychiatrist out there, but I can't take the dumbing down of everything. The lab rat approach insults my intelligence. Anyways. I respect intelligence, as I do strength. I am interested in physics. At the same time I am into things like martial arts and weightlifting. I am not really into playing video games a whole lot, I like anime (mostly combat based). I wouldnt be caught dead at an anime convention/cosplay thingy. Unless I could pull of a good Gatsu. (/background information) I am looking for a place to meet people like that are smarter than me. The problem is I am a mixture of nerd/not-nerd. I have the people that I can go to the gym and watch MMA and stuff, train with (if I could afford it). When I was working at a Canadian government research facility (I love saying that lol...I am so lame) for my co-op, I was surrounded by physicists, Chemists, all having PhD's. Pretty smart people (depending on who you ask I guess). My point is...Is there like a mensa club or something, I don't know if I could pass a test to get in lol. I got my brother and sister in law who are very smart, but i can't depend on them as my sole social experience. I want an environment that is ripe with brilliant people, without the degree or proven avenues. There has to be places like that, or is there a place that isn't too nerdy, I am not sure if I am comfortable yet with high level attire requirements either. Are there like any "Physicist adopt a peasant" day? It's ridiculous but if I could spend a day with a physicist I'd be the happiest person for a week. So...see my dilemma. I am willing to try mostly anything though. It would be cool to find some niche group of people like me. Maybe I should make one.