Why engineering thinking?
Because it can help you avoid wrong choices, from the purchase of a laundry detergent to the selection of a doctor, a mate, a career, or a congressional representative.
Engineering thinking is a proven method for achieving success. Just take a look around you and count the number of gadgets and gizmos that make your world comfortable, productive, and fun. All of the appliances, tools, cell phones, PDAs, autos, TVs, and other necessities in and around your home required the guiding hand of an engineer. The technology that supports your health — surgical tools, diagnostic instruments, life-saving drugs — are likewise the creative products of engineering expertise.
Why is engineering thinking so successful? Because engineers can’t afford to be irrational. They can’t afford to have their designs explode or their bridges collapse…
…so they learn to think carefully, where conclusions are arrived at unemotionally and methodically.
Why not put the power of engineering thinking to work for you? It won’t require you to learn any math, physics, chemistry, or even how to speak geek. It will only require that you be honest with yourself, that you set your slogans and labels aside, and that you learn some simple conceptual tools of the trade. In future posts I’ll provide the details.
You’re invited to submit any questions you like about your pocketbook (money, the economy, taxes, bailouts), your liberty (governmental control of our lives, our legal system), and your life (health care, the environment, safety), or even about workplace issues or relationships. I will show you how you can answer those questions yourself, using the power of engineering thinking.