Cutting Engineering, or: You ANIMALS! IT WAS EARTH ALL ALONG!

by hulk

So I get sent this article on Apparently, San Francisco State University is having a budget problem, and their big solution is to cut the School of Engineering. Either classes or the entire school, I’m not sure, it sort of sounds like both. [ed – entire school.] Either way this could be heralding the beginning of the end, as prophesied in Atlas Shrugged: the fuzzies getting their hands all over the fundamentals of our world.

What do I mean? Allow me to illustrate with an example. Rather than hire a respected core of engineers to construct a building, the people who want the building decide to have a referendum and let the community decide. Everyone gets to have a lot of meetings and voice their opinions. Then “experts” such as people who majored in urban issues or psychology or sexuality or women’s studies get involved and begin to throw in their weight. Eventually a lot of materials are purchased but the building either doesn’t get built past the first floor or it collapses soon after it’s finished. Why? Because let me explain something to each and every one of you.

I respect my friends, I really do. I think it’s great that they study what they’re interested in. But the fact remains that hard science built this nation, and hard science will bring the future. No one who studied history ever built a nuclear power plant. No one who studied english ever ran a paper mill. No one who studied psychology ever built cars. It’s all about staying within your competence. I’m not about to open up a psychiatric office, or write book reviews, or write a thesis on the Yalta conference. I’m not qualified for those things. Guess what? None of you people who aren’t engineers are qualified to do any of the things us engineers are able to do. God help you if you try to run a CSTR, or a distillation column, or run experiments with chemicals in a lab. I mean really, you’ll probably end up either ruining the equipment or you’ll end up dead. And the fact is that society doesn’t advance with more of the social sciences and humanities. Oh sure maybe it advances in terms of consciousness, or enlightenment, or any of that nonsense. But for us trolls who put pens in our pockets the important advancements are technological.

So with that out of the way, what does the SUSF do to its students when they elminate engineering in order to preserve “lesiure studies”? Or “urban issues”? Or “women’s studies”? Well, none of those will get you a job, that’s for sure. The curse of most liberal arts majors is that they’re not all that useful without grad school, except for the most dedicated few who make something of themselves, of whom I know a few. However engineers are much higher paid, and they’re essential to the function of society. And quite frankly, if we’re talking about the majors in San Francisco that promote social equality, Debra Saunders makes an excellent point. Consider the “underpriveleged minority student”. Which is better for them, urban studies or an engineering degree where they can make a lot of money and be essential to the success of our nation and the entirety of humanity?

I get frustrated here too, when we’re told as RA’s each year to encourage any freshman who wants to study engineering to not do so. Yeah. Specifically told by the Dean of Freshman to get them to study other things. Because you know, hopefully they’ll give up that silly hard science nonsense and devote their lives to getting a major in political science. Which isn’t a science, that’s another thing. Please someone take out the word “science” in “Social Science”. It’s not science!

Make no mistake. It would be a cheap and empty world without many of the liberal arts. But it’s the hard science that makes the world go round. Any attempt to undermine that, especially in favor of liberal arts, will end up with future generations sitting around like apes staring at a car and wondering how they’re supposed to use it.