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, 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 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 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 isteners.
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Published January 23rd 2018 by Random House Canada (first published January 16th 2018
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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
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I am fascinated by the cult surrounding this man who, as a previous reviewer noted, relies far too much on simplistic interpretations of Biblical stories and the Disney ersions of fairy tales to the detrimen of all else.

The guy can tell a tory.

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2. The introduction of the book presents the author as an objective investigator of the guil, 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 turn 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 ussell 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 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, 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 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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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 harder than me).

His criticis 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 books, 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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In his previou memoi, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, Peterson connects the stories we share with our earliest ancestors with modern knowledge of behavior and the imagination.

In March 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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Although he is not a religious adherent, Peterson believes in the subjectivit of moral law; he has no time for those relativists who consider moral law as something arbitrarily constructed within human society.

Whatever erudition, classical references, and stylistic skill Peterson used to develop his arguments for these rules, they are hardly the the product of analytical thought.

Like Doidge ’ s introduction, the ook is tendentious, meant to promote a potentially popular cause not thinking.

Peterson appears to provide both groups with philosophical selling and political talking points that promote a conservative social agenda.Peterson is a Jungian psychoanalyst, apparently by conviction as well as by training.

Ultimately however psychic health comes about by taking responsibility for one ’ s own integration- by recognising how we perceive the reality of the world we inhabit, and how we react to our perceptions.

Similarly, social conservatives like the concept of personal responsibility as part of their ideological portfolios.

The assertio that personal integration of the Self implies a rejection of ideology of any stripe as an impediment to psychic health doesn ’ t seem to register at all.

Peterson ’ s version doesn ’ t use the pyramid selling techniques that made EST so popular, particularly among the highly educated, but the us of the internet, cable television, and the intellectual vacuum of evangelical and political conservatism has the equivalent functional role.

12 Rules promises to be the focal point for the political right for some time to come.

Nevertheless, just as EST helped create a generation of liberal weirdos in business, politics, and academia, I fear that an equivalent generation of conservative weirdos in in the making.

There is a distinct Whig theme that runs through the ntire nove: the world is as it is for good reaso and it ’ s not your responsibility to fix it.

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