According to sociologists at Oxford, it turns out that engineers are over-represented in Islamic Jihad, even outpacing squirrels, apparently. When the perpetrators of outrages are identified, it turns out that about 40% of successful terrrorists who hold a college degree happen to be engineers. I guess I should be shocked and outraged, but in reality, I'm not surprised.
Well, the historic roots of the practice of engineering lie in the creation and operation of engines of war--hence the "Military Science" degrees historically conferred at West Point. Terrorists are known for creating and deploying unconventional engines of war. Thus, to find a high proportion of engineers among people who make things that go BOOM is about as surprising as finding drunks at a bar.
Leave it to sociologists to downplay the obvious reason for a phenomenon in order to try to score political points.
(reason # 534, 233, 785 why you need to teach your children logic--so they won't grow up to be sociologists at Oxford!)
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