Here’s something different that most of you won’t want to view. It’s over two hours of Professor Jordon B. Peterson lecturing to a college class.
I’ve had the video playing in the background for an hour and a half as I write these words. There’s a great deal of common sense from a politically incorrect Canadian professor who has had to deny he is a bigot for expressing common sense ideas. Symbolism, philosophy, psychology, mythology and more are woven into a lecture on how we reach our beliefs.
If you’re interested in what made Adolf Hitler a success, he begins talking about him at around the 1 hour and 40 minutes mark. Which is not to say he admires Hitler.
Peterson records his lectures and uploads them to YouTube. His YouTube channel has amassed more than 200,000 subscribers and his videos have received more than 8 million views as of April 2017.
Peterson has also recently started recording a podcast: The Jordan B Peterson Podcast which has 14 episodes as of April 16, 2017.
Peterson published Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief in 1999. The book describes a comprehensive theory for how we construct meaning, represented by the mythical process of the exploratory hero, and also provides a way of interpreting religious and mythical models of reality presented in a way that fits in with modern scientific understanding of how the brain works. It synthesizes ideas drawn from narratives in mythology, religion, literature and philosophy, as well as research from modern neuropsychology.
Peterson’s primary goal was to figure out the reasons why individuals, not simply groups, engage in social conflict, and try to model the path individuals take that results in atrocities like the Holocaust or the Soviet Gulag. Peterson considers himself a pragmatist, and uses science and neuropsychology to examine and learn from the belief systems of the past and vice versa, but his theory is primarily phenomenological. Peterson explores the origins of evil, and also posits that an analysis of the world’s religious ideas might allow us to describe our essential morality and eventually develop a universal system of morality.
Here’s a couple of his Tweets that offer the flavor of his interests.