I'm from Missouri

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Salem hypothesis

I have been aware for a long time that engineers have an especially strong tendency to be skeptical of Darwinism, but I just now learned that this tendency has a name: the "Salem hypothesis." I am especially interested in this tendency because I am an engineer myself.

Wikipedia says,
The "Salem Hypothesis" is credited to Bruce Salem, a regular contributor to the Usenet talk.origins newsgroup . . . .

-- and Wikipedia gives two versions of the hypothesis:

The first states: "In any Evolution vs. Creation debate, A person who claims scientific credentials and sides with Creation will most likely have an Engineering degree."

The second states: "An education in the Engineering disciplines forms a predisposition to Creation/Intelligent Design viewpoints."

I feel that the reason why we engineers tend to be skeptical of Darwinism is that we are a logical, practical, no bullshit, cut the malarkey, "I'm from Missouri," "show me" kind of people.

The Salem hypothesis is discussed on Pharyngula, Sandwalk, and here and here on Uncommon Descent. There are lots of comments.

As John Paul II said of Darwinism, "Salemism is more than just a hypothesis."


Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

Ex-engineer. You show no evidence of the type of critical thought necessary for engineering work.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 9:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Salem hypothesis might even become a theory now. Joke.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 2:41:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Anonymous said...
>>>>The Salem hypothesis might even become a theory now. Joke. <<<<

I think that it has already become a law. No joke.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 3:15:00 PM  

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