JThaddeus writes: "From The Register comes a report on a study by Swedish researches claiming "that people who go into engineering are less caring and empathetic than those who enter professions such as medicine." The study claims to account for the fact that women--who are assumed to be more empathetic--enter medicine at a great rate than enter engineering."
If a subordinate asks you a pertinent question, look at him as if he had
lost his senses. When he looks down, paraphrase the question back at him.