"The Engineer’s Lament: Two ways of thinking about automotive safety"

Interesting piece by Malcolm Gladwell that offers insight into the difference between how engineers view the world and how the rest of us do.

Almost all engineering jokes—and there are many—are versions of this belief: that the habits of mind formed by the profession enable engineers to see things differently from the rest of us. “A pessimist sees the glass as half empty. An optimist sees the glass as half full. The engineer sees the glass as twice the size it needs to be.” To the others, the glass is a metaphor. Nonsense, the engineer says. The specifications are off. He doesn’t give free rein to temperament; he assesses the object. These jokes, like many of the jokes people tell about themselves, are grievances. The engineer doesn’t understand why the rest of us can’t make sense of the world the way he does.

It includes some interesting discussion of the infamous Pinto case.

10 about car stuff

"Autotrader Experts Reveal the Best Certified Pre-Owned Programs".

"Ten Car Parts That Need To Be Totally Redesigned".

"How To Pee In Your Car And Keep Your Pants Dry".

"Ten Videos Every Car Enthusiast Needs To Watch".

"The people behind the MINI Cooper have created an incredible x-ray vision device for drivers that will blow you away".

"The 30 Most Expensive Cars".

"A Porsche enthusiast made a working scale model of his car's engine".

"Here are the 27 must-see cars at the New York Auto Show".

"In Depth: Most Dangerous Times To Drive".

"Formula One Drivers Do Highly Specific Exercises To Keep Death At Bay".