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

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Fri Dec 18 2009 - 13:42:12 EST

On Thu, 17 Dec 2009, Dave Wallace wrote:

> I ran across the following today:
> Salem hypothesis
> First proposed by Bruce Salem on the discussion site Usenet, the
> Salem hypothesis claims that "an education in the engineering
> disciplines forms a predisposition to [creationist] viewpoints".
> This was rephrased somewhat by P. Z. Myers as "creationists with
> advanced degrees are often engineers".
> 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.

In my experience evangelical Christian student groups are heavily
populated with engineering majors, and evangelical Christian faculty
groups are heavily populated with engineers. However in academia it is
hard to find an engineer who admits to being YEC.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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