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The Engineers of Terror July 8, 2009

Posted by calvinus in Engineers.
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Plodding through the backlog of paper copies (oh, the horror!) of the New Scientist, turned up a delightful quote in an editorial under the heading of “Seeking out the engineers of terror“. This summarised an article entitled “Can university subjects reveal terrorists in the making?

Answer: Yes it can.

It would appear that engineers are significantly more likely to be jihadists than chemists.

Infidel! The Divine Power will strike you harder than a solution to the Navier-Stokes equations.

Infidel! The Divine Power will strike you harder than a solution to the Navier-Stokes equations.

Not that the engineers at our place are particularly lacking in social skills but I found the following quote from the editorial particularly resonant:

The researchers suggest that this link may be to do with personality, and say there is some evidence that engineers are more likely to be intolerant of ambiguity, believe society can be made to work like clockwork, and to dislike democracy because it involves compromise.

Ouch…but they obviously know our engineers.