12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

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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, intriguin and informative, 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 treet.
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 ighest 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, religio and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its eaders.
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Published January 23rd 2018 by Random House Canada (first published January 16th 2018
Original Title of the Book
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
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432
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B01FPGY5T0

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A nove by Jordan Peterson, I won ’ t be able to do it justice.

This is a novel I would recommend to everyone whether you ’ re amiliar with Peterson or not.

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Peterson, 12 Rules for LifeI 'm generally not a fan of self-help books and this one would have probably never hit my to-read shelf if a good friend of mine had n't invited me to attend a live Jordan Peterson lecture in Phoenix a little over a eek ago ( June 1, 2018).

The only other exposure I had to Peterson was a wave of seriously negative posts about him by some of my most liberal friends on FB.

I found his lecture -- like I found his book -- fascinating.

These do n't do a decen job of actually getting to the root of what Jordan Peterson is saying.

Personally, I think 80% of what eterson is saying is actually NOT bad.

But it is the last 20% of what he says that kind of drives me nuts ( and I 'm a white an, I can imagine that women/minorities/university intellectuals would feel a bit weaker than me).

His critique of feminism, white privilege, post-modernism, modern universities, etc., are n't narrow and tend to violate his own rule 10 ( be precise in your speech).

He rambles, rages, and makes pretty big assumptions on areas that are far from well-established ( and often a bit beyond his areas of expertise) .My other issue with Peterson, that was clarified more in the lecture than the book, is he is actually seeking the role of secular prophet/revivalist/guru.

Like the text of his novel, he circled around, repeating stories and points, declare something true ( or false), making a joke, and then absolved his mainly white male audience from some of their social guilt and anxiety.

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And then all the wisdom goes down the toilet in one particular chapter when he makes a farce of his whole argument.

But why leave out the revolutions gone right?

I read this ook because I was open to hearing from Peterson.

The other logical inconsistencies here were that he keeps using the animal kingdom ( i.e. crabs and lobsters) to make a point about human nature -- specifically on gender and sexuality, but then in his other more lucid arguments, he argues that we need to fight our nature ( self-sacrifice and obedience).

Bennett keeps talking about women being chaos and men being order.

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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 memoir 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 books, 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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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 urn to Plato and Aristotle before the Good ook.

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 nswer in Bertrand Russell, whose essays on religion seem to, at times, be speaking directly to Peterson himself.

A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and compassio; 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, compassion, knowledge, and affection.

Here ’ s Griffin 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 pat of a valid solution.The question involved is not concerned only with the present state of the world.

The claim 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, philosophy, 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 ssays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand RussellThe God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism by AC Grayling

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