Many moons ago, I came across a piece on Ars Technica by physicist Chris Lee, in which he held forth on the ignorant intellectual snobbery and the lack of social-analysis skills that he felt abounded amongst physcisists and engineers. The person who drew my attention to the piece was technical chap himself, and he agreed completely with Lee’s assessment. A little too completely, I thought.
Despite knowing several ‘perfectly normal engineering peeps’, as a sociologist friend puts it, I found myself agreeing with several of Lee’s general ideas. What I missed, however, was the homegrown perspective. Given the ubiquity of Indian engineers (and science-faculty folks) everywhere, I thought, time was ripe for a brief history of “Why They Are Like This, Only“. So, predictably, I wrote it.
Just last week, the piece was reposted on Facebook, to a certain amount of stirring amongst the company. Yesterday, it prompted a johnny-come-lately engineer buddy of mine to send me a strip from this comic. Which, I hasten to add, I do not in any way, shape or form own, and clicking on the pic will take you to the original posting of it.