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    Today, 07:18 AM
    Jordan Peterson may be the only clinical psychologist who believes that psychology is subordinate to philosophy and the one thing that psychology and philosophy both genuflect before is story. Story, or myth, predates religion and is, in fact, as old as language itself. In his earlier book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, Peterson connects the stories we share with our earliest ancestors with modern knowledge of behavior and the mind. It’s a textbook for his popular University of Toronto courses. The one-time dish washer and mill worker spent nearly 20 years at the University before garnering international attention. In September 2016, Peterson released a couple of videos opposing an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act which he contended could send someone to jail for refusing to use a made-up gender identity pronoun. Peterson went on to testify before the Canadian Senate, and has emerged as a foremost critic of postmodernism on North American campuses. Postmodernism is the “new skin of communism,” In Peterson’s view. The ideology has been so thoroughly discredited from an economic standpoint that those who still advocate for it, for either political or emotional reasons, have resorted to attacking the very process in which something can be discredited—reason and debate. At the same time they have worked to change the face of oppression away from those living in poverty toward individuals who don’t look or act like those who hold most of the positions of power and authority in Western society. Peterson’s classroom is now the entire globe. Millions are watching his lectures and other videos on YouTube. For this new and greater audience, a more accessible, more affordable compendium than Maps of Meaning was called for.
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    01-12-2018, 04:56 AM
    I've achieved more than SM as a writer why would I take time to reproduce his theory in my own words? I already wrote that I found it in line with Hazlitt's Foundations of Morality. I will use a line from that book which I have often quoted. "The attitude and actions that best promote the happiness and well being of the individual in the long run tend to coincide with the actions and attitudes that best promote the happiness and well being of society as a whole."
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    01-11-2018, 06:30 AM
    I find UPB compelling though not entirely original. Henry Hazlitt said much of the same in The Foundations of Morality. And Hazlitt was building on Herbert Spencer... My major point of agreement with SM is that reason has to be the first principle. We have to be cautious of confirmation bias and challenge ideas that might seem to threaten our belief in liberty. I came across the research on race and IQ over a decade ago, (The Bell Curve, Race Evolution and Behavior, et al) and thought what good came come from this? I wanted to believe that all people no matter the race had the same potential for peaceful and productive behavior. I was all in on egalitarian libertarianism. Today, with whites and Asians increasingly being unfairly scapegoated, it seems worth investigating and discussing. Why can I spend a day in Tokyo, a city more than twice as crowded as NYC and see hardly any police officers and feel safe and I spend a day in NYC and see officers in military gear and not feel safe? Can it possibly have something to do with immigration policy. There has always been left and right divide within libertarianism and they move in waves and many of the thinkers we respect, such as Murray Rothbard, HL Mencken even Ron Paul, have themselves fluctuated. I respect that SM is taking on these difficult questions.
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    01-07-2018, 03:45 AM
    I could probably rip this book just based on the introduction. I don't think his fiction is great. And I have a personal issue with him. He could have acknowledged me publicly for something I did for the show but chose not to. But I have to give him his due, from where he came from and what he has created, the people he has helped are undeniable. There is a bit of appeal to authority fallacy in some of these remarks. Like a so-called self published book automatically has less merit than something that passed the gate keeps, like you need to have a doctorate in philosophy to put forth a revolutionary theory. Is this really how you want it? It doesn't matter, that world is falling away. There was also an appeal to popularity fallacy 'every rational anarchist has abandoned him," to paraphrase. As a philosopher I think he is second to none right now, at least who I have read and come across. He is a modern day Socrates. The podcast is probably the best I've ever listened to and I listened to many. I read the FDR liberated page and was not moved. If FDR is a cult lets have more of the kind and more members. The world will be a better place. If you want a better book on the subject check out Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric by Kahane.
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    01-04-2018, 06:35 AM
    This is an advanced review of Jordan Peterson's upcoming book: https://simplicityandpurity.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/the-last-professor/
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