First off, if you’ve arrived here searching for engineer jokes, you might be disappointed. There is no engineer joke in this post.
So anyway, I don’t get this deal with the newfound arrogance of engineering I see around these days. Facebook’s full of it. There’s a horde of half-geeky slash semi-witty slash pure roundabout humour stuff with uncountable spelling and grammar mistakes being shared around, with a footnote to the effect of ‘Engineers made this. Engineers understand this. If you are not an engineer, you’re too dumb to get this. How superiorly cool is that?’ I’ll give you an example. The following is being circulated with the title ‘Engineers Rockz!!!’:
Do you realize the problems with this kind of talent? Someone told you to establish that your parents were the same person, and you go through this brilliant but painful twisted logic to prove it. Then you take pride in it and share it around. At the same time you ridicule those who failed to accept this oblique suggestion that they owe their birth to what could only be imagined as some really twisted act of masturbation (which I think explains why engineers must be a different species). Do you see the problem with being able to prove anything you’re asked to? Do you realize that’s a problem? Do you realize that’s giving away ultimate power to whoever asks you to do this? Do you think being able to dish out a solution, any solution, to any question, is awesome? Not. I’d much rather be the commerce or medical student.
And then this, the awesome ‘Engineer’s clock. Only engineers will understand this.’
(It actually says ‘Sheldon Cooper’s clock’. And he was a… what? Hint: not engineer. Remember the engineer in that show?) I mean, it’s finally a bunch of frivolity, dudes. Settle down, grow up. And relax, science students get it. At least there’s no reason to doubt that a significantly different (and necessarily lower) fraction of science students get it as compared to engineering students.
So who makes this stuff, anyway? To hell with whoever makes them. The creator is inconsequential. Why, my engineer friends (some, not all of them), do you suppose that they consist an argument for your intellectual superiority, and gladly hand it around under that label? Why do you circulate a photo of the German water bridge with a ‘this is what engineers do’ tag? You are not in Germany. You are in India. This is not what you do. You know very well what engineers do in India and what we have achieved till now. Not much, frankly. I’m not condemning having achieved next to nothing. Indian science lately hasn’t achieved much either. My point is, I don’t see ‘superior scientist’ labels slapped on half-baked nerd jokes and circulated on social networks. Why do you think is that?