Monthly Archives: December 2012


Academic nominative determinism: the year’s best examples

Posted 24 December 2012 by Pete Etchells

Here's a bit of fun for you, to end 2012 with. About a year or so ago, I developed an interest/mild obsession in 'nominative determinism', or the idea that a person's name somehow has some sort of effect on their career choice. Although the concept has been floating around for decades, it was an article in the New Scientist that jump-started the term nominative determinism itself, in 1994:   "We recently came across a new book, Pole Positions - The... Read more

PSA: The apocalypse and you

Posted 18 December 2012 by Pete Etchells

  You may have heard that the world is ending this Friday. We don't know how, or when precisely - those damn dirty scientists know, but they're not telling us. But we do know that it's all because of the Mayans. As everyone knows from high school history, the Mayans were a group of people who lived about 20,000 years ago in what is now known as Sheffield, and had amazing powers over life, the universe and everything. They were... Read more