by Chauncey Tinker – 19 Sep 2018
Image by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Jordan Peterson, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
[The second post in our series “People Are Talking”]
I have heard a lot about Dr Jordan B Peterson, I think most people have by now. I knew of his campaign against the infamous Bill C-16 relating to gender pronoun usage in Canada, and I had heard him in conversation with Stefan Molyneux on the subject of James Damore’s sacking from Google, besides various TV appearances. However I have to admit I don’t know much about Dr Peterson’s own ideas.
The other day someone shared a video interview where he was talking to Joe Rogan about motivation, and I found this very useful (11 minute clip) (despite the title being about working out, this is advice that you could apply to anything):
Jordan Peterson: Why do people fail/stop working out? (weight lifting) W/Joe Rogan
In a nutshell what he’s saying here is that if you are struggling to accomplish something you are probably setting your goals too high, and he advises that instead you should set your goals ridiculously low. After listening to this I realized I was making this very mistake myself, and ending up doing nothing practical at all on some days, constantly putting practical things off until tomorrow. I started applying this principle in my own life and found it did seem to be having a quite miraculous effect. By aiming to just do a very small bit of something practical each day I was soon exceeding my goals and feeling better all round as a result. It remains to be seen whether this is just a novelty effect that will wear off, but so far I am very pleasantly surprised by the result.
UK comedian Russell Brand is a person I was rather hoping to not hear about again, and especially since I stopped watching TV I was even beginning to forget about his very existence. However I was rather surprised to come across an interview of Dr Peterson by Mr Brand, and this caught my interest. With all the negativity being directed at Dr Peterson from the so-called “social justice” crowd I would have expected Mr Brand to have a bad attitude towards him as well, but in fact they have a very amiable conversation here (this is rather long 1 hour 33 mins). I’m still listening to it in fact but it’s been fairly interesting so far:
NEW: Jordan Peterson & Russell Brand on FREEDOM and TYRANNY
The reason I mention this above interview is that it strikes me as another good example of people engaging in debate across the ideological divide, although it could be that I’ve misunderstood something about Mr Brand’s views. For those not familiar with Russell Brand, he urged people to vote for Ed Miliband‘s Labour Party after previously urging his large number of followers not to vote at all. (Miliband was the Labour leader before Jeremy Corbyn).
I also listened to Dr Peterson in conversation with Douglas Murray, they talk here about politics, the “alt-right”, IQ, and other subjects (48 minutes long):
Douglas Murray in conversation with Jordan Peterson
In summary I am becoming more interested in Dr Peterson’s ideas and I think I will be listening to more of his interviews from now on. I find it particularly encouraging that he is successfully engaging with people across the ideological divide.
A nice hit piece from The Guardian (just to give you some idea of the degree to which he is rattling adherents of the dogma of political correctness):
How dangerous is Jordan B Peterson, the rightwing professor who ‘hit a hornets’ nest’?
… his arguments are riddled with conspiracy theories and crude distortions of subjects, including postmodernism, gender identity and Canadian law, that lie outside his field of expertise
A 2 part series from his lecture tour in Iceland, again these are rather long I’m part way through watching these:
Iceland: 12 Rules for Life Tour: Lecture 1
Iceland: 12 Rules for Life Tour: Lecture 2
His book that he was talking about in the above tour:
12 Rules for Life
On the subject of so-called “white male privilege”:
Misandry and the White (Male) Knight
How Kirsty Wark radicalized the unholy alliance against Tommy Robinson on BBC Newsnight:
Kirsty Wark’s Cathy Newman Moment
The first episode in this series:
People Are Talking - The Academic Agent
People Are Talking
What do you think? Please leave a comment below.