12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson 's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising, and insightfu, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the avenu.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight ( with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the lowes of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant, and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, distilling the world 's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, aith, and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its audienc.
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Published January 23rd 2018 by Random House Canada (first published January 16th 2018
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In his previou ook, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, Peterson connects the stories we share with our earliest ancestors with modern knowledge of behavior and the sense.

In February 2016, Peterson released a couple of videos opposing an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act which he contended could send someone to jail for refusing to use a made-up gender identity pronoun.

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The guy can tell a tal.

Too bad it 's a frighteningly regressive one for women.

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2. The introduction of the book presents the author as an objective investigator of the truths, disillusioned by dogmatic ideology and prepared to demonstrate its dangers.

And if I want insight into morality and human nature from an ancient source, I ’ d mov to Plato and Aristotle before the Good Book.

The author presents his interpretive schemes as objective truths about human nature and the only display of humility is found in the introduction. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- For those seeking an alternative to Jordan Peterson ’ s dark vision of the world, questionable approach to truth and knowledge, and retreat to religion, they will find the answer in Bertrand Russell, whose essays on religion seem to, at times, be speaking directly to Peterson himself.

A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and ourage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past, or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.

It needs hope for the future, not looking back all the time towards a past that is dead, which we trust will be far surpassed by the future that our intelligence can create.Russell wishes to replace fear, religion, and dogma with free-thinking, intelligence, herois, knowledge, and reverenc.

Here ’ s Butle in another boo, titled Can Religion Cure Our Troubles: Mankind is in mortal dange, and fear now, as in the past, is inclining men to seek refuge in God. Throughout the West there is a very general revival of religion.

And I think it is a dangerous delusion because it misleads men whose thinking might otherwise be fruitful and thus stands in the ay of a valid solution.The question involved is not concerned only with the present state of the world.

The act that Communism and Nazism committed evils is not justification to return to religious dogma; in fact, that would just be replacing one dogmatic ideology for another.The solution is not a retreat to the Age of Faith, which was no more pleasant than living under communism; the solution is a renewal of the Enlightenment values of reason, science, spirituality, and progress espoused by Russell himself. -- -Also check out these worthwhile alternatives to 12 Rules For Life: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan HaidtThe Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User 's Manual by Ward FarnsworthWhy I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand RussellThe God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism by AC Grayling

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He 's writing fatherly advice, at least if your dad read a lot of Jung and Nietzsche, and dropped a little acid.

Then back to lobsters; on to a wild fugue through a few hundred million years of evolution; a brief segue about how at different levels of abstraction nature alternates between permanence and chaos, and how part of music 's appeal is the acceptance of this; and then Peterson concludes by recommending good posture.The whole rest of the novel is like this.

If every episode of hand-washing and ham-refusal reminds you of Original Sin, you will spend a lot more time thinking about morality than you otherwise would.So I ca n't really review the advice itself, although it 's ood.

I can recommend reading the ook, not so much for any one point, but for the journey -- there was very little I wish I 'd thought of first, but a lot I wish I 'd phrased that way before.

If you read his ook and follow his advice, will it improve your life?

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If you 've never read a nove in your life, you 'd think JP is super smart: that baroque style of writing, the never-ending sentences, all those references to science and philosophy- " how does the man do it!? " you ask yourself.It 's simple.

The novel 's actually rubbish but you have othing to compare it with. -- -- -- -- -- Nov 2018: Since this review is getting traction, please note that these were my impressions right after plodding through this dull book and I 'm not going to waste my time dismantling his pseudo-scientific rubbish- many other reviews have, some more qualified than me.

Have some espect for yourself, even fantasy books would be a better use of your time and brain.

I mean, if you just want someone to tell you to stand up straight and make your bed, read Meditations by Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Or, heck, even Dr Seuss! *** Responses to replies I 'll probably get: " Haha, suck it, you triggered SJW "- I 'm not mad that JP is writing books, I 'm mad that such a ad book is getting attention and is wasting people 's time. " JP is the an, you just ca n't appreciate his genius "- He 's not, he is the very definition of a pseudo-intellectual.

There are so many other public intellectuals that are smarter, better spoken and more more respected than JP. " You do n't know squat, he taught at Harvard! "- He was an ssociate for a handfu days, a shor time ago.

I 'm reading some better books right now.

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