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Comment Re:Engineers vs Liberal Arts (Score 1) 769

A quick look at a major Midwestern US Big 10 university requirement for, say, mechanical engineering:

Mechanical Engineering Requirements
A summary of college requirements for mechanical engineering includes the following:
  Fundamentals of Engineering (2 courses)
  Chemistry (2 courses)
  Electrical Engineering (2 courses)
  Industrial and Systems Engineering (2 courses)
  Materials Science (1 course)
  Mathematics (5 courses)
  Mechanical Engineering (20 courses)
  Physics (3 courses)
  Technical Electives (15 credit hours)
The college requirements total 157 hours of course work. The university requires that students take 35 hours of General Education Curriculum courses which total 192 hours required for graduation.

35 hours at 5 hours per course is 7 non-engineering classes to graduate. But 3 of those are probably freshman English. That means that an engineer is only required to take a whole 4 classes in non-techie stuff outside of English.

Comment Engineers vs Liberal Arts (Score 2, Insightful) 769

It would be interesting to compare engineers with liberal arts grads on the terrorist spectrum. Engineers are not usually required to take the wide variety of non-technical courses that are supposed to give lib arts majors a grounding in history, art, social sciences, languages, etc. My hypothesis is that this might make engineers a little more rigid in their critical thinking skills and less comprehension of just how complex the world really is. If you have a better understanding of where you and your culture fit into the larger sweep of human history, are you more or less likely to engage in throwing bombs? I don't know the answer to that, but would like to see some stats or papers if anyone else does.

Comment Re:How Is This A Problem.....?! (Score 1) 293

DHS provides information to a company about someone who poses a real security risk to them (the company).

RTFA - There was no proof of any kind that the individuals whose names were provided to the companies were responsible for any of the facility sabotage that occurred. The individuals whose names were given over to the companies were those who were merely attending open public meetings on the issue and who chose to peaceably exercise their right to freedom of speech, peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Comment Re:no surprise (Score 2, Informative) 352

The U.S. did not lose the Vietnam War. We signed the Paris Peace Accords, withdrew, and then South Vietnam lost to North Vietnam.

More seriously, do you have a cite on the U.S. supplying both sides of WWII between 1939 and 1942 (no, Catch 22 doesn't count)? I've heard this before, but every time I've looked closely, it turns out that the U.S. owned factories in Germany that were the basis for the claim had, in fact, been appropriated by the Germans at gunpoint.

Comment Re:Only One Half of the World Covered in This Map (Score 2, Funny) 150

I hadn't realized the gravity of Newton's interest in Alchemy. Putting Thomas Edison on a branch of the Theoretical Physics and QM Line was enlightening. Also interesting that biology does not seem to have acquired any characteristics from Lamark. Jared Diamond's work has too many facets to be relegated to just the Evolutionary Biology line. And I thought the whole project kinda bombed after I noticed that they had left off Andrei Sakharov.

I'll stop now.

Comment Re:If it violates an amendment (Score 1) 312

Sounds like you believe that the world is strictly binary. It isn't. What you think is unconstitutional may well be viewed by most others as perfectly acceptable. The Constitution is pretty flexible and leaves a lot of wiggle room for interpretation in many cases. Show me, for a simple example, where in the Constitution it is OK to forbid yelling fire in a crowded theater? And yet it has been found OK by the courts to do exactly that even though the Constitution explicitly says Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech ... But how did Congress know it was constitutional until it had been tested in the courts?

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