RE: [asa] creationists with advanced degrees are often engineers

From: Ryan Rasmussen, P.E. <Ryan.Rasmussen@pulte.com>
Date: Thu Dec 17 2009 - 17:09:02 EST

Pfft...

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From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu [mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Wallace
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:02 PM
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Subject: [asa] creationists with advanced degrees are often engineers

I ran across the following today:

Salem hypothesis
First proposed by Bruce Salem on the discussion site Usenet, the Salem hypothesis<http://www.rtis.com/nat/user/elsberry/evobio/evc/jarg106.html> claims that "an education in the engineering disciplines forms a predisposition to [creationist] viewpoints". This was rephrased somewhat by P. Z. Myers<http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427360.900-p-z-myers-mildmannered-scourge-of-creationists.html> as "creationists with advanced degrees are often engineers"<http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/02/the_salem_hypothesis.php>.
just google it and you will find lots of references on the net.

Various justifications were offered but not the one that immediately occurred to me which is that engineers know how hard it is to build something that works reliably and is economical to build. Also maybe some engineers did not get enough math and physics or chemistry courses.

Dave W

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