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I met one engineer with a similar attitude. He would often make fun of me for not knowing things. However, he completely lost it when I pointed out he didn’t understand some basic concept in the same way he would have done to me. I’m hesitant to believe interpretations like yours based on my experiences with these people. I kind of view a lot of what I’ve seen engineers engage in (it might differ from your experiences) as a pointless intellectual pissing contest (on subjects the participants often lack depth of understanding on) with some level of group ego massaging.

I'm an engineer and this his hugely true. I love intellectual pissing contests. If I lose a contest it's pretty hard to stay unbiased. I think I manage but to be biased is to not know about your own bias, so who knows?

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