Category Archives: The Virtual University

November 17, 2017

Identity politics and the Marxist lie of white privilege – Jordan Peterson (Video)

I was in Vancouver Friday November 3rd talking at an event sponsored by the very active University of British Columbia Free Speech Club (start one on your campus — if you’re a student, that is :)). I wanted to delve more deeply into the ideology on the radical side of the leftist spectrum, and to specifically address the idea of white privilege. Hopefully that’s what I did.

November 5, 2017

Biblical Series XIII: Jacob’s Ladder – Jordan Peterson (Video)

Dr. Peterson continues his Biblical Series lectures.

October 31, 2017

Good Governance: An Evolutionary Approach – Bret Weinstein (Video)

Discussion on the future of governance. Along the way I talk about utopianism, design, wisdom and the social justice epidemic that is destroying the culture of inquiry on campuses across the western world.

October 25, 2017

Christina Hoff Sommers & Sir Roger Scruton: Free speech, philosophy, and art (Video)

Do modern campuses actually value ideas and intellectual discourse? Should there be limits on capitalism? Is modern architecture bad? Sir Roger Scruton and Christina Hoff Sommers discuss each of these topics and more.

October 13, 2017

My Chat with Harvard Evolutionist Joe Henrich – The Saad Truth (Video)

Must watch video.

October 3, 2017

Modern Times: Camille Paglia & Jordan B Peterson (Video)

In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover (among other topics) the pernicious influence of the French intellectuals of the 1970’s on the American academy, the symbolic utility of religious tradition, the tendency toward intellectual conformity and linguistic camouflage among university careerists, the under-utilization of Carl Jung and his student, Erich Neumann, in literary criticism and the study of the humanities, and the demolition of the traditional roles and identity of men and women in the West.

September 29, 2017

The Disability Bureaucracy Wants Your Soul – Jordan Peterson (Video)

This video is primarily centered upon an interview with Dr. Carmen Branje, a very brave and forthright adjunct professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. He was asked (required) to provide 8 hours for a student who requested “accommodation” for an exam whose duration was, for all other students, two hours. He refused, as he believed it would compromise not only his but the university’s academic integrity, and chose instead to suffer the consequences (which will include whatever occurs because of this video).

September 26, 2017

Death of the West by a Thousand Cuts – The Saad Truth (Video)

My lecture and Q&A session at the University of Regina, part of The President’s Deliberation and Debate Series (delivered on September 18, 2017).

September 25, 2017

Evolutionary Geneticists Spot Natural Selection Happening Now in People

Everyone who’s been through high school knows about Darwin and natural selection. It’s difficult to study how it works while we’re experiencing it, but we now have some idea of how natural selection is affecting humans.

Human evolution can seem like a phenomenon of the distant past which applies only to our ancestors living millions of years ago. But human evolution is ongoing. To evolve simply means that mutations — the accidental changes to genes that happen normally in the process of copying DNA — are becoming more or less common in the population over time.

These changes can happen by chance, because the individuals who reproduced happened to carry a particular mutation somewhat more often than individuals who didn’t have children. They can also happen because of natural selection, when carriers of a specific mutation are better able to survive, reproduce, or tend to their family members — and therefore leave more descendants. Every biological adaptation, from the ability of humans to walk upright on two feet to flight in birds, ultimately traces back to natural selection acting on these minute changes, generation after generation.

So humans are definitely still evolving. The question is whether we are still adapting: are individuals who carry harmful mutations living less long, reproducing less — ultimately leaving fewer descendants? For instance, terrible eyesight may have been a major survival disadvantage living on the savanna, but with glasses and laser surgery, it’s unlikely to prevent people from living a long life today. How commonly then are mutations under selection in contemporary humans?

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September 22, 2017

Ian Morris | Why the West Rules — For Now (Video)

Ian Morris, Professor of History at Stanford University, lecture Why the West Rules — For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future at the Oriental Institute on October 2, 2013.