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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the John-J-J-Schmidt dept.

In light of two recent studies, expecting parents might consider doing a little social engineering when naming their children. New evidence suggests if you're trying to convey intelligence the more middle initials in your name, the smarter people will assume you to be.

Also, if you want to be trusted more, use a first name that everyone can pronounce. That effect seems to be in line with another study (not peer-reviewed) indicating short first names correlate with higher earnings.

Perhaps one should combine the two and just use initials for all but the surname, like J.P. Morgan?

 
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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by internetguy on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:56PM

    by internetguy (235) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:56PM (#40551)

    Nope, middle initial doesn't seem to help.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by weeds on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:59PM

    by weeds (611) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @02:59PM (#40552) Journal

    George H. W. Bush - nope, not better at all!

    • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:20PM

      by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:20PM (#40563)

      Homer J. Simpson?

      • (Score: 1) by linsane on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:41PM

        by linsane (633) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @07:41PM (#40650)

        Sounds like he is a lawyer?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @09:57PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07 2014, @09:57PM (#40708)

        didn't he change his name to Max Power?

    • (Score: 2) by LaminatorX on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:57PM

      by LaminatorX (14) <{laminatorx} {at} {gmail.com}> on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:57PM (#40577)

      I dunno, I'm pretty sure that Bush the Elder was way smarter than Dubya, then again, that could just be the extra middle initial making it seem that way.

      • (Score: 1) by GeminiDomino on Wednesday May 07 2014, @05:48PM

        by GeminiDomino (661) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @05:48PM (#40605)

        That's what we call a "low bar to clear."

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        • (Score: 1) by Oligonicella on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:08PM

          by Oligonicella (4169) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:08PM (#40608)

          And yet, Obama failed to clear it.

          Anyone can play that stupid game.

          • (Score: 2) by hatta on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:45PM

            by hatta (879) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @06:45PM (#40626)

            Obama is clearly smarter than Bush. He's not a nicer person, or better at his job, but clearly smarter.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Thexalon on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:02PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:02PM (#40554)

    Not necessarily: Most people think that George H.W. Bush is smarter than George W. Bush.

    But then again, "Alfred E. Neuman".

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    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:22PM

      by c0lo (156) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:22PM (#40566) Journal

      But then again, "Alfred E. Neuman".

      I see your Alfred E. Neuman, and raise you an Albert Einstein and a Stephen Hawking. If that's not enough, I'll throw in a Sir David Attenborough (did you notice how the prefixing title have a bit more effect than the not normally mentioned middle name/initial?)

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      • (Score: 3, Funny) by VLM on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:29PM

        by VLM (445) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @03:29PM (#40567)

        "and raise you an Albert Einstein and a Stephen Hawking."

        I'll take "Spock"

    • (Score: 2) by davester666 on Wednesday May 07 2014, @04:43PM

      by davester666 (155) on Wednesday May 07 2014, @04:43PM (#40589)

      He might be, as that is a relative comparison. Unfortunately, compared to most of humanity, they both rank remarkably low...