What is it about liberal-arts majors that makes them think they've cornered the market on thinking?
I was at a wedding recently and was stunned when someone addressed the gathered by claiming that engineers don't think.
During the reception, people were asked to get up and speak about the bride and groom. Because both are in their sixties, the bride and groom had a wide range of people with whom they've both worked in attendance, plus family members who are considerably younger. In fact, the ceremony was conducted by a niece of the groom.
One person, of about the same age, said that the bride, an accomplished writer and journalist, inspired him to study "the classics" in college. He then made a comment about how doing so made him learn to think, as opposed to what engineers do (I'm paraphrasing here).
What are we to "think" of this? Perhaps the speaker was making an inside joke to an engineer in the crowd. Did he consider studying engineering and changed his mind? Does this person consider himself somehow "saved" from being an engineer?
The comment made me ponder—as opposed to "think" because I'm apparently incapable of that—the attitude that some non-engineers have towards engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. You know, that we're all "geeks" who are clueless about the world outside of technology and who prefer to be around computers than around people.
Do journalists think? Perhaps not and where's why. I once heard a story about a parent of a high-school student at an information session that took place at a well-known liberal arts university. The parent asked why the school offered a degree in English but not in Journalism. The reply was something attune to "We are not a trade school. We teach people to think."
Well then. If neither journalists nor engineers think, what does that say about someone who writes for an audience of engineers?