Friday, March 5, 2021

Re: Jordan Peterson

The proof is in the pudding.  Jordan Peterson gives some great speeches and much insightful advice.  Many of his talks are at such a high intellectual level that he loses people and those who can follow him have to pay close attention to keep up.  However, sometimes when he gets philosophical, he kind of goes out in left field with some weird ideas.  He often talks about life being full of suffering as if that were some noble ambition.

This speech that he gave on in the importance of free speech is just fantastic:  


On Fri, Mar 5, 2021 at 3:37 PM Larry wrote:
Peterson writes an entire chapter against ideologies—feminism, anti-capitalism, environmentalism, basically anything ending in ism—declaring that life is too complex to be described by such intellectual frameworks. Funny story: There's an academic movement devoted to skepticism of grand historical narratives. It's called … postmodernism. That chapter concludes by advising readers to put their own lives in order before trying to change the world. This is not only a rehash of one of the previous 12 rules—"Clean up your bedroom," he writes, because fans love it when you play the hits—but also ferocious chutzpah coming from a man who was on a lecture tour well after he should have gone to rehab.

On Fri, Mar 5, 2021 at 12:50 PM Larry wrote:
I only vaguely knew the name Jordan Peterson for maybe 5 years.
I knew he was controversial and the press characterized him as alt-right.
I had no interest, and slightly avoided anything related to him.

I have since watched him debate and be interviewed few times.
He is a strange man. But, ge also is a methodical and intellectual debater with interesting takes. He also had some strange health issues with him and his family.
He is most famous for his book/speeches on 12 principles, which seem very good.

This article in the Atlantic is a well written history of his life.

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