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Determinism, Nominative

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grizzly
47122.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:17 am Reply with quote

As mentioned in the previous series nominative determinism is where a person's name makes them more likely to enter a certain proffession or activity to which there name is related in some way. Well some interesting examples can be found beyond that on the show.

A Dr Richard (Dick) Chopp in Austin Texas performs vasectomies. In the same department Dr Stephen Hardeman is a specialist in "penile prosthetics for sexual dysfunction".

Elaine Lies is a reporter for Reuters News Organisation

In a rare case of Quadruple Nominative Determinism the Authors of "The Imperial Animal" are Lionel Tiger and Robin Fox (well close enough).

Also, although it is not a case of nominative determinism, before the indictment of Lewis Libby the news of the scandel was broadcast on US National Public Radio by a reporter called Libby Lewis. No one is quite sure what it is called but some suggestions include Nominative Palindromy or Allelonom ("names of each other". Anyone have any other suggestions?

(sourced from the New Scientist Feedback column)

 
samivel
47128.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:46 am Reply with quote

grizzly wrote:
Elaine Lies is a reporter for Reuters News Organisation


Excellent stuff. I was watching a crime documentary the other night and there was a pathologist featured whose name was Dr Dedman

 
Gray
47151.  Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:32 pm Reply with quote

There's a bit of ND going on in this thread as well...

 

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