Sophistry

The Boeing 787 and X-51A WaveRider are recent examples of the non-intuitive, overwrought and hyper-engineered design-methodology associated with late-stage technocracies: looks pretty, won’t fly. Overcompensation for a pathological lack of common sense occurs when engineering intersects with sophistry, and sophistry arises when professional institutions are beleaguered by unmeritocratic and effectively ‘magical’ policies.

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