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Jordan Peterson Hosts an 'Ask Me Anything' on Reddit, Gets Roasted Alive

By Petr Knava | reddit | May 29, 2018 |

By Petr Knava | reddit | May 29, 2018 |


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Dr Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He is a best-selling author, successful motivational speaker, and a public intellectual whose profile has seen a quite meteoric rise in recent months.

He is also, for want of a better phrase, completely full of shit.

No, wait, sorry, that’s cheap. In the interests of fairness I should say that Dr Peterson is, I’m sure, a very capable psychologist and academic (ETA: no, he is not). He is also a very talented debater. I am, in oh so many, many ways in absolute ideological disagreement with Dr Peterson, and yet after watching a few clips of him I must admit that I find myself admiring him for his level-headed and respectful approach to intellectual exchange. It’s a breath of fresh air, especially these days, to be able to say that about anyone in the public eye. But that’s where my praise ends, because apart from his professional credentials and debating ability, it seems to me that the things that Dr Peterson is best at is giving out trite life advice; formulating fanciful theories of ‘meaning’ in such a fundamentally substance-less way so as to make them irrefutable but also ironically meaningless; and aligning himself with and thus giving heft to some very dangerous and hateful groups.

He’s also pretty great at self-aggrandisement and promotion. He stopped by Reddit the other day to host an ‘Ask Me Anything’. Now, the popular conception of Reddit is that it’s full of exactly the type of people who might be sympathetic to Dr Peterson’s worldview. It’s not an entirely unfair characterisation. But the reality is that Reddit contains multitudes. That plurality was very much in evidence in the ‘AMA’, the entirety of which you can check out here, but the highlights of which you will find below following Dr Peterson’s introduction.

Thanks everyone. It’s 2:00 pm Eastern, so I’m signing off.

I’m Dr Jordan B Peterson. I’ve spent 25 years as a clinical psychologist, professor and research scientist, first at Harvard and then at the University of Toronto. I have posted several hundred lectures on psychological, religious and (less willingly) political matters on YouTube, where they have attracted hundreds of millions of views and no little controversy. Finally, I am the author of 12 Rules for Life (https://jordanbpeterson.com/12-rules-for-life/), which has been the best-selling book in the English-language world for the last four months, and Maps of Meaning (1999), which is coming out in audio form on June 12 (https://jordanbpeterson.com/maps-of-meaning/).

I’m currently embarked on a 12 Rules for Life lecture tour in multiple cities in the US, Canada and Europe (with many more cities to be announced soon in Europe): https://jordanbpeterson.com/events

Finally, I am the creator (with my partners) of two online programs

https://www.understandmyself.com/ https://www.selfauthoring.com/

the first of which helps people map and interpret their personalities and the second of which is a series of guided writing exercises designed to help people cope with their past, understand where they are in the present and develop a vision and a strategy for the future.

Proof: https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/999029894859313153




Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.



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