This blot is a bit off the main wave, more in the foam boundary.
After noting that a couple of hundred “scientists” had criticized the WHO for not paying attention to their experiments on whether the BatPlague has an airborne vector, I was struck with the whimsey (No Peter involved – with apology since it isn’t PunDay) of contrasting STEMs and Ps.
Ps, of course, are physicians, who are the fellows (of both plumbing varieties) who administer places like WHO and CDC.
To start with, let’s review how each component behaves:
- Scientists are primarily concerned with understanding;
- Technicians are primarily concerned that the equipment doesn’t break;
- Engineers are primarily concerned with producing something that works, be that a road or a bridge or a computer; and
- Mathematicians are primarily concerned with proving their math is good.
Physicians, on the other hand are primarily concerned with “fixing” their patients. So they are more akin to Engineers than Scientists.
Scientists and Mathematicians tend to have poor (relatively) social skills, at least partly because they can’t communicate with others meaningfully.In fact, many of then are INTROs. Engineers tend to be EXTROs and they get along with others very well because that’s where money comes from. And Technicians are generally nice people except for hiding from their Scientists so they can get work done.
Physicians have wonderful artificial social skills (taught to them in schule) but can’t hide that they divide society in two groups: physicians and not-physicians. And they despair that the latter actually have minds and wills of their own. In fact, many Physicians suffer from Veterinarian Envy.
All of these have a caste structure. For example, Physicians who are specialists look down on General Practitioners; and both look down on Dentists. Among Scientists, Physicists look down on Chemists who look down on Biologists. And all of them know that Computer Scientists are really Engineers.
And that is why the CDC and WHO are at odds with the scientific community. Scientists tend to consider Physicians as being Engineers while Physicians consider Scientists to be yappy, noisy dogs. So both groups look down on the other. And don’t play well together.
The only group worse is Mathematicians who don’t play well with each other or anyone else.
And none of them have any patience with POLs.