Why So Many People Like Jordan Peterson

Even though /r/the_Donald posters tend to be much further to the ‘right’ than Dr. Peterson himself, he is still immensely popular there. But not just on /r/The_Donald; he’s popular among intellectual types of all political stripes, from rationalists who lean left, to reactionaries on the…

Philosophical bites: Empiricism vs. Rationalism

There’s a popular YouTube channel titled ‘Bite-sized Philosophy,’ which as its name suggests provides concise summaries pertaining to philosophical matters. Here is my bite-sized summary of Empiricism vs. Rationalism. Consider a cooking range that has four or more individual stove tops. There is also a…

Interesting tweet

This tweet went viral a few weeks ago: If children started school at six months old and their teachers gave them walking lessons, within a single generation people would come to believe that humans couldn't learn to walk without going to school. — Geoff Graham…

The four horsemen of the alt-middle/center

Let’s make this a meme. The four horsemen are Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro (who skew right), and Dave Rubin and Sam Harris (who skew left). All of their popularity has surged in the past year, they all seem to share similar rational-minded centrist/moderate/pragmatist views,…

Two nations within a nation

This went viral: The discreet terror of the American bourgeoisie A common theme by pundits is that Brexit and Trump represent a sort of transformational repudiation against elites and that elites are ‘shaking and scared’ of this ‘new status quo’. The evidence, however, as discussed…

Anti-democracy, part 5

Social Matter lists six fundamental flaws of democracy: 1. Long to non-existent feedback cycles for political actions 2. Incentives to destroy people’s belief-forming faculties, or what I call full-spectrum weaponization 3. Reduced incentives to do the right things to get status on both top and…

Bare-knuckle boxing/fighting is not safer

If given a choice between being in a bare-knuckle fight, versus one with gloves, most people without hesitation would choose gloves. Yet these ‘experts’ and sportswriters, who prize their purported expertise above human instinct and commonsense, say gloves make fights more dangerous. There seems to…

Trump tax cuts & deficits: not worried about inflation

This article went viral: The Economy Is Soaring, And Now So Is The Deficit. That’s A Bad Combination The economy growing steadily, yes, but 3% GDP growth is not exactly soaring. But if 538 wants to help Trump win in 2020 by hyping the economy,…

Vice Media tries to defame Jordan Peterson, fails

A Vice Media corespondent recently interviewed Dr. Jordan Peterson at his home. By referring to Dr. Peterson as an infamous intellectual instead of a famous one, Vice’s bias is immediately evident. Because Vice refuses to release the full interview, it’s difficult to comment on it….