Category Archives: Jordan Peterson

August 12, 2017

Biblical Series IX: The Call to Abraham – Jordan Peterson (Video)

In this lecture, I tell the story of Abraham, who heeds the call of God to leave what was familiar behind and to journey into unknown lands. The man portrayed in the Bible as the father of nations moves forward into the world. He encounters the worst of nature (famine), society (the tyranny of Egypt) and the envy of the powerful, who desire his wife. There is nothing easy about Abraham’s life. Instead, he is portrayed both as a real man, with serious problems, and a hero, who overcomes tremendous obstacles to establish himself in the world.

August 9, 2017

James Damore and his Google Memo on Diversity – Jordan Peterson (Video)

In this video, I talk to James Damore and another employee who wishes to remain anonymous about James’ memo regarding Google’s diversity programs and their overweening ideological basis. He was fired last night. That says everything that needs to be said.

August 7, 2017

Chris Selley: Jordan Peterson, hero of the anti-PC crowd, just keeps winning

University of Toronto students tried to have the psychology professor fired or censured for his views on transgenderism. It’s the best thing that ever happened to him.

It wasn’t long ago that University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson’s future seemed somewhat in doubt. He rose to prominence — many would say notoriety — last autumn with his public refusal to use transgender and non-binary students’ pronouns of choice: “xe,” “zir” and “they,” for example. It was part of a multi-pronged YouTube campaign against political correctness and “compelled speech,” and against federal legislation that would make gender expression and gender identity prohibited grounds for discrimination.

At times he seemed to question trans students’ very existence: “I don’t know what the options are if you’re not a man or a woman,” he said. “It’s not obvious to me how you can be both because those are by definition binary categories.” The reaction was what you would expect.

Protesters at U of T demanded his ouster. Professors at McMaster University backed out of a debate with him — in one case citing security concerns, in other cases citing nothing at all. Protesters shouted and air-horned down his attempt to hold a talk at McMaster instead, and speakers at a rally in support of him at U of T were confronted by a white noise machine. A petition demanded Peterson be uninvited from an event at the National Gallery of Canada titled “Exploring the Psychology of Creativity,” even as it admitted he had “years of expertise” studying precisely that.


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August 6, 2017

Biblical Series VIII: The Phenomenology of the Divine – Jordan Peterson (Video)

In the next series of stories, the Biblical patriarch Abram (later: Abraham) enters into a covenant with God. The history of Israel proper begins with these stories. Abram heeds the call to adventure, journeys courageously away from his country and family into the foreign and unknown, encounters the disasters of nature and the tyranny of mankind and maintains his relationship with the God who has sent him forth. He becomes in this manner a light in the world, and a father of nations.

August 5, 2017

Biblical Series VII: Walking with God: Noah and the Flood – Jordan Peterson (Video)

Life at the individual and the societal level is punctuated by crisis and catastrophe. This stark truth finds its narrative representation in the widely-distributed universal motif of the flood. Mircea Eliade, the great Romanian historian of religion, noted that flood stories identify two reasons for the destruction: (1) the tendency of complex things to fall apart of their own accord; (2) the proclivity of human beings to speed up that process by sinning, or missing the mark (by engaging in self-evident corruption, or by failing to attend to what cries out for attention). The Genesis story clearly states that Noah and his family are to be spared from impending disaster because Noah “walks with God,” as Adam did before the Fall. In this lecture, the 7th in the series, I intermingle the story of Noah and his survival with elements of the Sermon on the Mount, making the effort to explain to a modern audience why careful moral attitude and behavior comprises the best defence against “the righteous anger of God.”

August 4, 2017

Google, YouTube screening threatens free speech: U of T’s Peterson

‘I don’t understand what these fundamentally capitalist companies are doing climbing in bed with the radical left’

Google and YouTube’s screening process for offensive content appears contaminated by social justice theorists and political correctness, threatening the voice of half the population that disagrees with their point of view, University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson says.

The free speech advocate said it’s likely not a coincidence that his Gmail account was shut down on the same day that YouTube posted new “hate speech” and anti-terrorism guidelines online.

The action blocked the controversial academic’s access to his popular YouTube channels with videos such as the “unconscious mind of the SJW (social justice warrior)” and “how to stop procrastinating.”

“They made it arbitrarily, suddenly, with no warning, with no explanation and with no possibility of appeal — that’s the process,” he said. “I don’t understand what these fundamentally capitalist companies are doing climbing in bed with the radical left.”

Nicole Bell, a spokesman for Google, said YouTube posted an update Tuesday on their latest efforts to tackle terrorism and violent extremism online.

YouTube says it will not accept hate speech based on race or ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and possibly other categories.


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Biblical Series VI: The Psychology of the Flood – Jordan Peterson (Video)

The story of Noah and the Ark is next in the Genesis sequence. This is a more elaborated tale than the initial creation account, or the story of Adam and Eve or Cain and Abel. However, it cannot be understood in its true depth without some investigation into what the motif of the flood means, psychologically, and an analysis of how that motif is informed by the order/chaos dichotomy, as well as by the idea of an involuntary voyage to the underworld or confrontation with the dragon. In consequence, this lecture concentrates almost exclusively on psychology: How is an encounter with the unknown to be understood, conceptually? How and why is that represented with themes such as the underworld voyage, the dragon fight, or the flood?

July 31, 2017

Sorting Yourself Out | Jordan Peterson and Stefan Molyneux – Video

“People who spend time writing carefully about themselves become happier, less anxious and depressed and physically healthier. They become more productive, persistent and engaged in life. This is because thinking about where you came from, who you are and where you are going helps you chart a simpler and more rewarding path through life.”

July 30, 2017

Biblical Series V: Cain and Abel: The Hostile Brothers – Jordan Peterson (Video)

The account of Cain and Abel is remarkable for its unique combination of brevity and depth. In a few short sentences, it outlines two diametrically opposed modes of being — both responses to the emergence of self-consciousness and the knowledge of good and evil detailed in story of Adam and Eve.

Insisting on the truth in times of chaos?—?Jordan Peterson

And you should go and listen, because the core of his philosophy is about learning to embody truth more and more in yourself, becoming more and more aligned with this truth which gives your words more power and impact.

“This man could single-handedly save Western Civilization, if people would listen.”

A typically bombastic quote from a Youtube commenter on one of Jordan Peterson’s online lectures. But in the last week of listening to him, I’ve come to think that he might have a point.

Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto. I would say that what gives his words such impact is the way he combines the deep insights into the individual human psyche he has gained from clinical practice?—?working with people in states of psychological crisis and personal transformation?—?with a deep engagement with the ideas and thinkers who have most clearly grappled with the deepest existential questions of the human condition.

And more than that, his is a voice deeply engaged with the problems of the present moment, and he himself believes that the stakes are high: “I do believe we are in a period of chaos?—?and in a period of chaos the time horizon shrinks?—?because the outcome is uncertain … sometimes the outcome is catastrophe.”


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