Saturday, January 27, 2007

Nominative Determinism

Nominative Determinism was popularised by New Scientist magazine some years ago, but it seems the principle goes back at least as far as the writings of C G Jung.

Nominative Determinism predicates that your choice of career is determined by your name.

Hence, someone called De Cock becomes the HIV/AIDS Director at WHO, while a psychologist accused of beating a patient with wire and a cat o'nine tails is a Dr Beaton.

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