On Jordan Peterson

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I recently started paying attention to Jordan Peterson.

This Canadian professor of psychology has built a huge international following, and his YouTube videos have millions of views.

Peterson is filling a hole in our culture about the importance of individuals taking personal responsibility for living an ethical life, and how this is the only path to a fulfilling life, and a healthy society, despite the reality that life is filled with malevolence and suffering.

Although Peterson is highly intelligent and well read, he appears unaware of overshoot and its many imminent threats.

Peterson also appears unaware of Varki’s MORT theory, which I suspect he would find interesting because Peterson is a dot connector and seeker of deep truth.

Nevertheless, Peterson offers fresh, inspiring, and wise advice useful for people, and especially young people, trying to navigate the coming storms.

I am reading Peterson’s new book, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos“, and may have more to say when done.

I so wish wise intellectual leaders like Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Nick Lane, and Noam Chomsky were overshoot aware. Their intellect and influence could then be applied to the issues that matter.

The fact that most of the smartest people in the world are not overshoot aware, despite obvious elephants in the room, provides strong support in favor of Varki’s MORT theory.

This recent interview with Peterson is an excellent introduction to his work.

 

10 thoughts on “On Jordan Peterson”

  1. “I so wish wise intellectual leaders like Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Nick Lane, and Noam Chomsky were overshoot aware. Their intellect and influence could then be applied to the issues that matter.”

    Amen, and amen!!!

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    1. Amen from me, too. Particularly with someone like Dawkins, who is my evolutionary biology ‘hero’. Just finished Varki’s chapter on the benefits of denial. No wonder it is so strong!

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        1. Thanks for the link to the post about Nick Lane. I’ll watch the video although I must have seen it at the time, but I can’t remember how long I’ve been following you.

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          1. Just watched the Nick Lane video. Fantastic…… hadn’t seen it before….wasn’t even aware of him. So much to learn! Sigh! Not enough hours in the day!

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            1. I have read Lane’s book “Life Ascending: The Ten Greatest Inventions of Evolution” probably 6 times. If you told me the world was ending and I only had time to read one more book, I would choose to read that one again.

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  2. A new interview with Jordan Peterson. Some interesting comments on the health benefits of a carnivore diet. Still no evidence that Rogan or Peterson have a clue what’s actually going on in the world.

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