Monday, September 08, 2008

Jihadi Engineers

IEEE Spectrum: Extremist Engineers

It would be interesting to know from where these engineers came. It seems most were from the developing world. It would also be interesting to know what is the most sought after degree in such parts of the world. In India at least, engineering is highly sought after a degree as the job market has a demand for engineers. Maybe it is because most investment has gone into colleges that teach engineering and/or medicine.

I am not sure about the claim that people who take to engineering have more radical values. I think it is people who live in societies where radicalism is largely prevalent, and it may be a coincidence that engineering, due to other reasons, is the most sought after profession in those societies. At least from my own experience, engineering must make one less radical and fanatic and more accepting of others.
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