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6/30/2013 04:00 PM EDT
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rick merritt
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Re: Lisa Nowak
rick merritt   7/1/2013 1:17:40 AM
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I can here Col. Kurtz of Apocalyse Now saying, "Diapers...the genius of that!"

This was a fascinating read. Thanks Chuck. Man, the eyes of some of these purps make my skin crawl!

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Crime and humane nature
_hm   7/1/2013 9:55:21 AM
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Crime and humane nature is universal. The degree of crime or white collar crime changes from time to time and place to place. But I have often observed more subtle from of prevarication and that tantamounts to white collar crime of first or second degree. However, engineers rationlize it to their liking.

This is also true for lawyers, management staffs and doctors.

 

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Re: Don't blame the messenger
Michael Dunn   7/1/2013 10:14:02 AM
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>Since when have seismic engineers been able to predict earthquakes?

Yes, that's a weird one. Perhaps they were overconfident in their assurances. I'd lay as much or more blame then on the officials who were stupid enough to believe them.

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Engineers and crime
Patk0317   7/2/2013 2:42:44 AM
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Taken as a group, there will be the same percentage of engineers who are criminals as any other group. There are some bizarre ones here though.

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Engineers and crime
Patk0317   7/2/2013 2:42:46 AM
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Taken as a group, there will be the same percentage of engineers who are criminals as any other group. There are some bizarre ones here though.

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social skills ... are to blame?
Luis Sanchez   7/2/2013 2:49:45 AM
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Many times we can associate poor social skills with engineers, I wonder if this is a variable which could also be associated with the bad behavior that makes an engineer do a crime. 

What surprises us a little bit about engineers doing bad things is that education is many times the way to live a better live and thus, to not fall in this eerie statistics, howvever, there are always anomalies in the measures... right?  

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Re: social skills ... are to blame?
David Ashton   7/2/2013 5:03:46 AM
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Others above say there will be the same percentage of "bad" engineers as in other groups.  I'd argue against that though I have nothing to back this up.  Most other professions you can BS your way through.  But you can't BS the laws of physics, so engineers as a group tend to be good people, I think, what I'd call straight and solid types.   The rogues above are the exception I would say.

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Re: social skills ... are to blame?
rich.pell   7/2/2013 7:58:29 AM
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I'm not sure how much of a role a lack of social skills would play in this.  Certainly it seems to be a common trait among individuals responsible for mass shootings etc., but on the other hand, con artists and the like typically have what would be considered great "social skills."

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kfield   7/2/2013 11:02:32 AM
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I would say that engineers have the technical skills and knowledge to theoretically be able to develop more sophisticated methods of wreaking havoc, but it's not at all clear to me that they have a propensity to commit bad deeds that's any greater than the general population. And @Rich is right, some of the most heinous serial killers got away with it because of their charm and ability to convince people to trust them.

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John McAfee
Frank Eory   7/2/2013 5:09:52 PM
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Although he was never convicted, John McAfee and his bizarre legal troubles in recent years would've made a good addition to this list.

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