Jordan Peterson – Canadian Psychologist – 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Broadcast News
On Monday evening Herself and I attended a speaking engagement put on by the Emmanuel Centre in London and featuring the Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology, Jordan B. Peterson. Frivolous as it might be to claim that there was something in the air that night, the enthusiasm for Peterson and his often malignantly miscategorized viewpoint was unmistakably apparent in the eruption of a standing ovation occurring as he took to the stage. Professor Peterson was in town to promote his new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, and over the course of the next hour, he kept the thousand-or-so strong audience enthralled, waxing lyrical across a broad range of topics including social hierarchies among lobsters, the nature of totalitarian regimes, and the importance of telling the truth.
Following the talk, we were fortunate enough to meet the good professor as he signed copies of his book (which you can purchase online here). While Herself made the substantive and well received offer to translate some of Peterson’s online work into her native Greek, I questioned him on the more trivial and facetious matter as to who would win in a prison-rules fist fight between Carl Jung and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Ultimately, it was settled that Jung would come through as the more likely victor. “He was one tough guy!” Peterson affirmed with a shake of the head. Whatever the case, we both agreed that Dostoyevsky would most probably fight dirty. I think understandably he would. The man was an epileptic and certainly not in need of a smack to the melon for God’s sake.
On Tuesday, Peterson appeared as a guest on the UK’s Channel 4 News in an interview that pushed the conservative author, journalist and political commentator, Douglas Murray, to write in his blog for The Spectator:
If I was Channel 4 I would take it down. If I was Cathy Newman I would sue or seek a super-injunction. I don’t think I have ever witnessed an interview that is more catastrophic for the interviewer…That isn’t news. It isn’t even interviewing. It is grandstanding. This nation’s broadcasters should feel ashamed.
I have embedded the full interview below and advise everybody to give it a watch – If ever there was a document to cement the broken legacy of broadcast journalism in Britain, this would be it. If the video is blocked in your region, let me know in the comments and I will look into hosting the video myself.