I was trained as an engineer, which I chose to pursue
mostly because I recognized that I had a "can do"
approach to problems. When other people said
"can't be done" I was optimistic and said it could,
and usually had a creative solution.
However, in the years since getting my degree,
especially on a personal basis but also professionally
I have discovered that many people not only despise
this way of thinking, but it makes them angry.
For instance, the roommate who was accustomed
to paying huge heating bills because of choosing oil
rather than electricity, and imposing that poor decision
on me too, angrily saying there is no other solution than oil,
even when I showed there was. Time after time, I've
encountered people like this.
What's ironic, too, is that very often they are educated
people. They insist of doing things the wrong way,
often making others go along with their bad idea.
Possibly even thousands of people may be
affected in the case of poorly devised products.
All the while they pay the price for their bad
decisions, and see that it's not working.
I have seen scientists look at evidence that
they in their personal or professional lives have
made poor decisions, and then ignore that evidence,
which is contrary to good scientific thinking.
I've also seen them look at evidence of
real-world malfeasance, which even a
college freshman could discern, and then
side with the "official" bogus explanation
of events, which a few times defied laws of physics.
I'm always amazed by how few people
other than engineers are eager to work on
problems to find novel, effective, efficient
solutions and how few people other than
engineers are willing to see what's in front of
14 years ago