29 December 2009

Engineers and terrorists

Spencer Ackerman has a post up talking about the link between engineers and terrorism, pointing out that engineers are about 4 times more likely to be terrorists than any other advanced degree holding profession. He specifically mentions the Christmas bomber and Osama bin Laden, but almost plays it for laughs.

It makes me wonder, though, because among "Intelligent Design"/creation science opponents, it's been a long running joke that if someone supporting either claims "PhD", and it turns out to be a reputable PhD (and not a diploma mill), they are almost always engineering PhDs. It makes me wonder if there is some connection between religious fundamentalism and engineering. Not likely, but makes me wonder. (Would love if someone could show studies disproving this.)

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