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Yet another weird SF fan

Saturday, July 10, 2010

What Does This Imply about a Hurt Slinger?

According to Dr. Ernest Abel (seriously, he can do this), people's names can influence their career choices (seen via ScienceDaily):

Three studies showed that medical doctors and lawyers were disproportionately more likely to have surnames that resembled their professions. A fourth study showed that, for doctors, this influence extended to the type of medicine they practiced. Study 1 found that people with the surname "Doctor" were more likely to be doctors than lawyers, whereas those with the surname "Lawyer" were more likely to be lawyers. Studies 2 and 3 broadened this finding by comparing doctors and lawyers whose first or last names began with three-letter combinations representative of their professions, for example, "doc," "law," and likewise found a significant relationship between name and profession. Study 4 found that the initial letters of physicians' last names were significantly related to their subspecialty, for example, Raymonds were more likely to be radiologists than dermatologists. These results provide further evidence names influence medical career choices.
On the other hand, it turned out that only a small percentage of people were influenced.

Prediction: This will be cited by determinists as an argument against free will. Okay. Maybe a small percentage of people don't have free will and that might go for determinists as well.


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