January 25, 2018
January 24, 2018
I recently sat down with Dr. Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic Magazine, Scientific American columnist, and author of the new book Heavens on Earth. We talked about Deepak Chopra; the place of consciousness in the world; the neuroscience, evolutionary biology and metaphysics of Heaven and Hell; the pros and cons of ideas about the afterlife (and more).
January 23, 2018
A controversial Channel 4 interview highlighted how zealots want to crush rational thinking.
If you want to know what the culture war is about, look no farther than the spectacular eruption in Britain during the past few days over Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto.
Peterson came to prominence in 2016 when he refused to adhere to a proposed new Canadian anti-discrimination law, under which it was claimed that personal pronouns would have to be replaced by preferred transgender activist terms such as ze or zir.
The issue for him was liberty. No one, he declared, had the right to dictate what language people should use.
January 18, 2018
Why are young Brits flocking to hear a psychology professor talk about morality?
Last Sunday night a capacity crowd of mainly young people packed into the Emmanuel Centre in London. Those who couldn’t find a seat stood at the back of the hall. When the speaker entered, the entire hall rose to its feet. It was his second lecture that day, the fourth across three days of sold-out London events. For an hour and a half the audience listened to a rambling, quirky, but fascinating tour of evolutionary biology, myth, religion, psychology, dictators and Dostoyevsky. Occasionally a line would get its own burst of applause. One of the loudest came after the speaker’s appeal for the sanctity of marriage and child-rearing.
Yet this was not a Christian revivalist meeting. At least not explicitly or intendedly so. It was a lecture by a 55-year-old, grey-haired, dark-browed Canadian academic who until 18 months ago was little known outside his professional field of psychology. Today, for at least one generation, Professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto has become a mixture of philosopher, life-coach, educator and guru. He has the kind of passionate, youthful, pedagogical draw that the organised churches can only dream of. Anybody interested in our current culture wars, not to mention the ongoing place of religion, should head to YouTube, where his classes have been viewed by millions.
January 13, 2018
Snippet from a speech given by Professor Jordan B Peterson at the University of Toronto, during an event organized by the group Students in Support of Free Speech.
January 12, 2018
University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson took fifth place in the voting for 2017’s “Higher Ed Heroes.” Peterson has been a vocal defender of free speech, making him a veritable bete noir of progressives, who routinely protest his speeches. In one case, a teaching assistant was even reprimanded for showing a video of one of Peterson’s speeches in class, which her professor compared to “neutrally playing a speech by Hitler.”
Campus Reform is proud to announce that Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, was selected by readers as one of the top five Higher Ed Heroes of 2017.
Peterson has been a ferocious defender of free speech in higher education and has become a prime target of liberal activists all around the country.
In fact, Peterson’s views were deemed so controversial that some academics went as far as to punish professors who discussed or featured his views in a classroom setting. As previously reported by Campus Reform, this is precisely what happened to one Canadian teaching assistant who was reprimanded by her professor for showing a video in class featuring Peterson.
Lindsay Shepherd, who is currently a graduate student at the Waterloo, Ontario school, reportedly played a video of a debate between Peterson and University of Toronto Sexual Diversity Studies program lecturer Nicholas Matte.
January 10, 2018
On last night’s show, Dr. Jordan Peterson joined me to discuss his world tour promoting his new book, 12 Rules for Life.
Academia is overflowing with leftists pushing the same tired social justice agenda, Dr. Peterson’s pro-freedom message is in short supply and great demand. It’s why his Biblical series lectures have gained surprising traction and his plan to give psychological lectures on the book of Exodus is attracting more attention than he expected.
With Google firing James Damore for revealing their anti-conservative bias and Wilfred Laurier University punishing a TA for showing a clip of Dr. Peterson discussing transgender pronouns, there is growing resistance to the far-left establishment.
January 6, 2018
Purpose. Responsibility. Truth. Rights and Duties and the Founding Fathers. Danger of deterministic victimhood. Telo.s Sam Harris, free will and performative contradiction. Cultivation of property: the duty to make better what you are using.
January 5, 2018
Psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson has come to fame, or notoriety depending on your perspective, over the last year. But many of those who found him through his criticisms of political correctness are saying they have discovered one of the world’s most significant thinkers – why? Rebel Wisdom investigates.