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An Engineer's Mind: Were We Born This Way?

Jason Bowden
B_Albing
B_Albing
8/6/2013 12:50:21 PM
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Re: Why are we different?
@PZman - Engineers are funny - I may put that on my business card.

Yep - when we go into LowesDepot, we go thru a similar experience regarding project planning and execution.

Also: Parents were different when we were kids regarding letting us do things and learn from the experience.

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PZman
PZman
8/5/2013 5:47:47 PM
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Re: Why are we different?
I ripped apart every fan, motor and  radio in our house. What makes an engineer is having parents letting you do these things and going oh well or having my father try to put something back together.

Engineers are funny; when my wife, engineer also and I go shopping for some home improvement project. The salesperson knows they are in trouble when we pull out  the graph paper with dimensions, labels and windows etc. Plans & material lists are a necessity, as well as proper pre-planning.

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
3/28/2013 1:55:45 PM
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Re: Why are we different?
That mirrors my life as a "child engineer." Including sticking bare wire into outlets to see what I could make happen. Quite a bit, as it turned out....

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
3/28/2013 1:53:58 PM
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Re: Why are we different?
An excellent point - never quite thought of how the abilities might have been suppressed in others. Guess I was lucky my parents understood - or at least tolerated - me.

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ECTH78
ECTH78
1/29/2013 6:14:03 AM
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Re: Why are we different?
I'm an EE and I was born that way. Otherwise why would I begin tinkering with electrical things at the age of 4? Why a shock from 220V/50Hz outlet didn't kill me and didn't scare me away then and there from these things but increased my curiosity? In case you wonder, I'm not related to dr. Frankenstein.

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JAYARAMAN KIRUTHI VASAN
JAYARAMAN KIRUTHI VASAN
1/28/2013 10:44:20 PM
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Hi JB,

Interesting blog. Thanks for reading  out my mind through a blog. I would go a little further. If we engineers can think about the internal architecture more than the externals, think about the plight of a surgeon.

 

What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere -- it is an art form in itself. - Anita Brookner

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goafrit2
goafrit2
1/28/2013 6:11:02 PM
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Re: Why are we different?
No man is born of anything - tabula raza. We are trained in ways we act. There is nothing being born. Most of the bankers messing up the economy are MIT trained engineers who write codes in Wall Street!

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DadOf3TeenieBoppers
DadOf3TeenieBoppers
1/28/2013 3:36:47 PM
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Why are we different?
All people are born with an inate desire to want to do good (Romans 2:14, 15). For the engineer, this isn't beaten out of us as we grow up and mature, unlike so many others. We cling to it and in doing so enter a profession where we solve technical problems and attempt to make the world a better place.

So its not so much a matter of being born that way as it is a matter of not letting the world destroy what was given to us at birth.

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