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(Permalink) Posted: July 05 2008,23:02   

Quote (stevestory @ July 05 2008,19:16)
Will I shock anyone by revealing that Jerry Pournelle was an engineer? I doubt it.

From the Wikipedia entry:
Jerry Eugene Pournelle (born August 7, 1933) is an American science fiction writer, essayist and journalist who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte and has since 1998 been maintaining his own website/blog.

Also see his Bio

Notice that Pournelle does not call himself an engineer. That's understandable considering that he has never worked as an engineer. His writings for Byte were from a computer user perspective.

If you think that defense policy analysis and operations research are engineering then you are revealing your own ignorance and you are illustrating why people should not comment on areas they don't understand.

Yes, he has an engineering degree (M.S.) but he also has degrees in psychology (Ph.d), statistics (M.S.), and political science (Ph.d). If having the degree makes him an engineer then he must be a scientist, too; psychology is a science, right?

Save your venom for the creationists.

Invoking intelligent design in science is like invoking gremlins in engineering. [after Mark Isaak.]
All models are wrong, some models are useful. - George E. P. Box

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