A basement dweller who can't relate to the real world?
How about . . .
A person with a questioning disposition?
A person with curiosity?
A person, who as part of a community, transforms and shapes their own learning?
A model for what real learning looks like?
Look at this video in which John Seely Brown talks about motivating learners. He paints an interesting and provocative picture of today's learners. It is a picture that those of us in education need to embrace but clearly have not.