Monday, September 20, 2010

LSE economist answers: "Why are terrorists often engineers?

IEEE Spectrum has an interesting podcast here title Why are terrorists often engineers.

Basically two hypothesis:

- Engineers are smart and high potential people and when/if they don't find ample employment opportunities they become frustrated
- Engineers have orientations toward hierarchy and order that is also a common theme with fundamentalism.

Also interesting (according to the LSE researchers) engineers are more religious and right leaning compare to others - one wouldn't guess that living in the Bay Area.


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