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Engineers Among the Terrorists

A study by sociologists Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog reveals that engineers are “three times more likely to become violent terrorists than their peers in finance, medicine, or the sciences,” as reported in Slate. So why the career change? Among the sociologists’ hypotheses: Lack of jobs for engineers in Arab countries and “a particular mind-set among engineers that disdains ambiguity and compromise.” [%comments]