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Stephen Hicks: Postmodernism: Reprise

September 23, 2019

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  • Reply Lara Veinberg June 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    JP sometimes makes mistakes and is still the brilliant psychologist who helped thousands improve their lives. What a great reminder that there is hope for all of us, despite our own weaknesses and failures.

  • Reply TheFlyingSquirrel June 6, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Lisa Delpit's "Other people's children" is a required reading for many US teachers. I was required to read it and write "how I would integrate" her ideas into my classroom. Not if, how. This book has a whole chapter teaching Marxist power/privilege theory as factual. and "Language of power" and language existing primarily as a "Code of power" were actually the only way to go forward.. It was a deeply racist, bigoted, and above all, post modernist work that even deeply conservative states PRIMARY teachers are being indoctrinated into. Her book repeatedly called for the intentional radicalization of US youth, teachers, educators, and the like. It called for direct ideological indoctrination of these professionals, institutions, and yes, students. THIS BOOK IS STANDARD READING for US public school educators in many states. Also, the "debt loading" of our students is NOT an unintended consequence. Colleges are doing EVERYTHING THEY CAN to increase debt loading among their students… those orientation weeks that we get indoctrinated in? Those are paid for out of STUDENT FEES. Not only are you made to take ideological re-education courses, you have to pay a premium for them too.

  • Reply Amy Callahan June 6, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    what happened to math?

  • Reply Kev Smith June 6, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Did anyone else see right through the double take on the Intro which was defiantly on purpose?

  • Reply Charles Dahl June 7, 2019 at 2:16 am

    A brilliant and fascinating dialogue between two brilliant and influential thinkers. The two you are my heroes. Thanks so much for posting, sir.

  • Reply Urist McMurgen June 7, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Hicks! you know you have JBP to thank for the recent increase in your book sales 😉

  • Reply JimHalfpenny June 7, 2019 at 3:22 am

    25:02 The motive of Postmodernism is a Marxist impulse. It's what Marxists are trying to do.

  • Reply Mark Cranford June 7, 2019 at 7:35 am

    The modernist era starts with the nuclear self awareness of Pissarro who said in visual composition that we are vibrations in space. Van Gogh said we are wave and particle. Decades before Einstein. The cause and effect of academia is not understood because there is form and function to visual art that has always ben held in private by metaphysic academia since da Vinci. Many mechanisms of the Marxist change of culture are laid out in The Last Art College. Without instruction much would be impossible to understand and especially to make use of as a utility or invent utility from or know how the knowledge got there. This is metaphysical conceptual knowledge. The understanding of the form and function are not accessible by academia but recognized by academia if you can actually invent in the historic form in visual art. Can you look at a photo of a box of corn flakes by Richard Prince and understand how Up Skirt Supreme Court Ruling came into being? I pioneered submitting two new conceptual arts in painting through my local City government under their grant sponsored by the Rauschenberg Foundation because academia is not allowed to consider new conceptual arts in painting or new form in painting. Where is the academic freedom in that! Modernism and postmodernism are about light. Paint is light and there are six elements of perception that indicate perception inside and outside the mind. The most fantastic simple arrangement. Modernism is the knowledge of the elements of perception, the form and function of the cannon of visual art. Visual art is human self awareness – art is human identity to metaphysical academia and always has been – it is inaccessible knowledge . To enter the unknown world of metaphysical visual art you must first extract form from turbulence and manifest it as self evident truth and know where to assert it and what it means and why it is resisted by academia and our government. Postmodernism is the obscuring of perception (light) until artificial intelligence takes over. We reentered the modernist era in 2014 because by academic estimation postmodernism was so successful. We art in a perverted modernism without a coherent link to modernism. This era is called academic construction and started in 2014. I was told off record this past November 19th in City Hall Chambers that the City of Fort Myers, Florida decided not to publish my City Grant because Hurricane Irma closed our government Grant exhibition almost as soon as it as open. I was also asked off record if I could establish Civil Rights for visual art, artists and art history based on art history. During our City Grant Exhibit September 1st, 2017 the CEO of the SWFL Community Foundation came and addressed me as metaphysician and asked me about the academic enigmas I crack and if I could read the minds of other metaphysicians. This past March during the Guerillia Girls Exhibition here at the Rauschenberg Gallery the Director who is also the curation and of the exhibition also made me environmentalist. While we were talking I inscribed an enigma on the provided chalkboard that establishes the possibility of critique as there was none before. He writes that my knowledge of the metaphysics of academic women's culture is intelligence itself. My education was unique. The possibility of attending academic classes in the form and function of the cannon of visual art ended in 1978 the year I graduated. There were only twelve accredited museum colleges of fine art in the nation at the time and only one of the academic warlock Bill Nolan of photographic memory. ACA became SCAD Atlanta and Nolan was foundation director for over four decades. There is so much more to all this. My City, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the SWFL Community Foundation, SCAD, FSW, FGCU, WGCU, SBDAC, Art Alliance of Lee County and the Public Art Committee Of the City of Fort Myers, Florida are all involved in varying degrees in my assertions.

  • Reply Mark Cranford June 7, 2019 at 9:01 am

    20:26, this is called the collective negation – systematic negation of any affirmation of illumination , enlightenment . A fundamental of academic deconstruction 1979 – 2014. The academic's woman's artist revolution formed from the Art Workers Coalition and was conceptualized as WAR in 1968. Its academic identity is called deconstruction and was implemented without a knowable government oversight. Our government is the only system of rule based on a conceptual art – the Pursuit of Happiness. Hume's Pursuit can not be refuted as the most undeniable utility for establishing individual freedom. Conceptual arts were designed to take it down. One of them is the collective negation , just not affirm what you do not want to exist and sooner or later it will not exist. Thoughts or rather conceptual art history was isolated intellectually by academic / government accord and like a person in solitary confinement. Isolated in order to change the person or idea. The elites kept the elite conceptual artists in line by telling them Frank Zappa was to be erased, it gave me chills until I realized it was another door of perception. How to polish the door of perception ? Zappa's example is like Icarus – too close to the sun. Part of our government is and has been engaged in Civil War against our own democracy since 1968. Academic writing was changed then to allow vulgar writing. They are allowed to under the guise of correcting past inequities.

  • Reply That Guy June 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Alan Bloom wrote about these same problems with post-modernism in his 1987 book The Closing of the American Mind.

  • Reply Usty June 7, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I found Jordan Peterson, and found my manhood again, but I realized there was something in his teachings that was missing. Then I found Christ again. And learned Peterson is not of my Father. I follow no man, but my Savior, Yeshua Hamashiach.

  • Reply David Zur דוד צור June 7, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Please god have an interview with Dan pena

  • Reply ian greenberg June 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Great conversation. So glad we are able to listen in.

  • Reply Alan Marcus June 7, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Four words: we are so lucky.

  • Reply propoetide June 7, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Interview Adam Curtis please.

  • Reply Darren Wynne June 7, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    With all the money you must be making… spend some on your recording equipment… I love to watch your videos but I could love them more 😉

  • Reply youtopia June 8, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Awesome and illuminating!

  • Reply Bernie Attorney June 8, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Please hire a multimedia expert

  • Reply VPA_Tom June 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    hello JD i am a new follower, good work

  • Reply Duncan Sutherland June 8, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    True religion picks up where philosophy can’t go.

  • Reply Duncan Sutherland June 8, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    “I am the truth, the light and the way.”

  • Reply Twin Aquarius June 8, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Wonderful discussion. It's helped me fill in more gaps in my thinking and open up new paths.

  • Reply Alacrity59 June 9, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Well done.

    I'm loving the folk Jordan Peterson is having conversations with. I wish this was around decades ago.

  • Reply Useless Intellectual June 9, 2019 at 3:28 am

    MAGA 2024

  • Reply horse stomper June 9, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Interesting stuff

  • Reply Brandon Wallingford June 9, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Postmodernism is the defense of the indefensible.

  • Reply John-Thomas Pryor June 9, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    If Blade Runner was good social commentary you should try to understand more post-modernism. I don't think Peterson or Hicks represents postmodernism very well.

    Rick Roderick has an amazing lecture series on YouTube called The Self Under Siege and Nietzsche and The Post-modern.

    Cuck Philosophy is a YouTube channel that talks primarily about postmodernism. If you think learning post-modernism from people who find post-modernism useful is a better way to learn about it.

    Something was not discussed in this video is the idea of Postmodernity that describes the landscape in which we live and/or heading towards. Things like symbols losing their meaning, the state of hyper-reality, and a society's designed to make the conscious becoming more unconscious with a nice cyberpunk aesthetic on top.

    Postmodern philosophy is useful because it highlights the struggles of the postmodern human “The sky over the port was the color of Television, tuned to a dead channel”

    The first line in Neuromancer by William Gibson. This Insight does not exist inside Plato's Republic. You could argue that it is represented by the chains in Plato's Cave. One of these chains Perhaps the postmodern condition but Plato doesn't describe the chain and doesn't tell you how to cast it off.

    Please take this as a Call To Adventure to study and listen to some other thinker

  • Reply Greg Woodward June 10, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Fantastic discussion! So glad to hear Dr. Hicks speak with Dr. Peterson. For the record, anyone interested in reading Understanding Postmodernism I can only say that the book is very worth the read. Dr. Peterson, I love you but please let people you interview finish their thoughts. It would make the listening so much more enjoyable. Thanks for the great discussion and insight!

  • Reply Roberto Dardón June 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Magnificent podcast, Dr. Peterson! Thank you for sharing it. Among your potencial guests: Would it be possible for you to talk with some extend with one of the most venerable economists in the United States, such as Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walter Williams or Dr. Melvyn B. Krauss? It would be wonderful if they could exchange ideas with you about economics, sociology and politics. Thank you very much for your attention!

  • Reply Guj Bun June 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Kermit the Fraud and an Ayn Randian lunatic straw-man philosophers they have never read and make no serious attempt to understand.

  • Reply packdemon June 11, 2019 at 9:25 am

    What comes after postmodernism?

  • Reply R J June 11, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Jordan, please note the following video which is an attempt to expose academic fields corrupted by postmodern ideology. Some moderate leftists who recognise this issue spent a year submitting intentionally broken papers to academic journals. Their secret project was cut short by an investigative journalist from the Wall Street Journal.

    https://youtu.be/sLBMxAx4NAw

    Please share your thoughts on the above. You shone a bright light on this issue before anyone did. From this video it appears that even leftist academics are recognising it now, however even these voices on the left are being hunted and forcefully suppressed. More voices need to rise in response before the scales fall over.

  • Reply Aris June 11, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    "Explaining postmodernism" is a book plagued by sloppy scholarship, it's not an academic book in any form, it's not published by an academic publisher. It misdescribes Kant absolutely terribly, misreads Hegel, definitely misreads Heidegger, makes loose use of terminology and includes falsely attributed quotes (!!!) from Foucault and none other than Adolf Hitler. Please read an actual review by academics who work in the field of philosophy instead of this video.

    It's not just left-wingers who think this is a terrible book, the right-libertarian Mises institute also noted his interpretation of Kant as "not only disputable but altogether mistaken".

    Most points are from a critique of this book to be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHtvTGaPzF4

  • Reply Andrew Hibberd June 12, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Ramana Mahashi rarely used words rather allowing silence to stem internal investigation. Verbosity is a failing of Academics.

  • Reply Andrew Hibberd June 12, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Yea the gaps between words is silent space. This silence has value often more so than words.

  • Reply Andrew Hibberd June 12, 2019 at 5:36 am

    both of you need to get to India and spend a lot of time with old foundational gurus. Try Sard Guru. hes on you tube. I wonder how many trees and vegetables you have planted and nurtured?

  • Reply wame momoh June 12, 2019 at 10:18 am

    stephen hicks should be given more airtime he has a lot of interesting things to contribute into the discourse.

  • Reply Jonkeu Viuhc June 13, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Cuck philosophy really distroyed this Hicks guy in a video.

  • Reply Erik Henze June 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Too much JBP not enough Hicks…want to hear him finish his thoughts!

  • Reply Memento Mori June 15, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    *claims kant is a counterenlightenment philosopher

    Admires the moral principle of man as an end in himself as an enlightenment principle….

  • Reply Stevon June 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Does anyone have any suggestions for books, videos, or just credible sources of information . For better educating myself on how these ideologues are used by the "left". I have a general understanding of the danger of things such as post modernism, but I feel like I need to go back to the very beginning to be able to correctly choose a political stance of my own choosing rather than being influenced by general society.

  • Reply rabbit buster June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Wonderful intellectual conversation. Incredibly inspiring and enlightening!

  • Reply tsampadi June 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    very Cereblal,Like Quantum Physics Meets Shrodingers Cat,with a bit of Im Pink therefore Im Spam thrown in,but greatly admire these two guys willingness to attempt to kick the can around! thanks for share!

  • Reply tsampadi June 17, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Does anyone know what the Electrical theory Post structurists of The North American landmass take is on this?

  • Reply BeFirm BeFair667 June 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I found Hicks thanks to Peterson's criticism of PoMo. Hicks is a wonderful, well-informed lecturer. He is definitely underrated.

  • Reply alexj0101 June 20, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Fascinating interview

  • Reply Brett Levin June 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    What are these guys babbling about?

  • Reply Matthew Bedford June 21, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Love these discussion's, especially in that your vocabulary generally gets bigger listening to such learned gentlemen.

    It's interesting to listen to, because you can often to relate to what they are talking about in events that happen over your life, they seem to make more sense after 30 minutes Listening to these guys.

    Lets face it who hasn't been caught in a power struggle!

  • Reply Shan Timothy June 22, 2019 at 2:46 am

    I am a.newcomer to this topic of Postmodernism. I know little about it, but sense there is much of value to explore. Books by both men are on the way, so I’m grateful for the insights.

  • Reply Nick Underwood June 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    To anyone complaining about JP interrupting; have a deep conversation with someone who finds it as interesting as you do and it will innevitiably happen. Its part of having good dialogue. If you'll notice it only happens when he talks to people that have extensive knowledge and can articulate it. He's also very lateral in his thinking and from personal experience not interrupting means losing all of those laterally connected thoughts while waiting for the end of the speakers thoughts. He probably also has a good idea of what's going to be said when he interrupts.
    Food for thought

  • Reply Rye June 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Keep it simple
    Don’t blow it
    Count your money

  • Reply DocFlamingo June 22, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Do post modernists look before they cross the street? do they pay attention to traffic signals when they drive? If they do, as I suspect, then they're completely full of shit.

  • Reply Josh Nim June 23, 2019 at 9:57 am

    So funny at the beginning. Like a bumbling old man. 😁😁😁😁. Love him

  • Reply Lori Smith June 23, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Age of Faith -> Age of Reason (❤️) -> Age of Feeling

  • Reply bearjanman June 23, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    It would be good to investigate the psychedelic associations and schools that are now entrenched in identity politics and feminism. In my opinion, MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies), California Institute of Internal Studies (CIIS), and The Women's Visionary Congress. The lunacy continues….

  • Reply Sebi S June 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Incredibly enlightening, thank you for your efforts

  • Reply David Rapalyea June 25, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Get woke go broke started with that Click woman at Missou. It then moved on to Evergreen and now a jury awarded against Oberlin about $30-40 million actual and punative damages.

    Adding insult to injury the irredemably deplorables drove exactly all the righght people barking dog mad and some of them in high office may serve hard time. Glorious times!

  • Reply David Rapalyea June 25, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Triggely Puff, Big Red and Yale shrieking girl are very unatractive cautions.

  • Reply TofeldianSage June 27, 2019 at 5:17 am

    I don't think Stephen Hicks would make a good stand-up comic.

  • Reply Jacob DeVries June 27, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    FINALLY it took so long to figure out what jo meant with his whole rejection of reality thing. Having the degrees of postmodernism explained so clearly was absolutely great.

  • Reply Danny F June 28, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I enjoy JP, I recommend him when I run into a people who are stuck in life. Also, I see a likeness of Nick Saban, the Alabama Head Coach, in Professor Hicks. Somewhat looks and more so the voice.

  • Reply George Hartwell June 29, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Cooperative gameplay is the most stable way of establishing a beneficial hierarchy, not power. Alpha leaders are the most empathic and communicative of the group.

  • Reply Robert Campbell June 29, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    If you two can’t stop using the terms ontology or epistemology I’m going to have to call Bullshit that you know what you’re talking about.

  • Reply George Hartwell June 30, 2019 at 1:59 am

    We need young people arriving at a philosophy of life that gives them meaning and values. What are genuine values worth pursuing.

  • Reply Ken Hiett July 2, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    It is funny to watch how rigid intellectuals can become when occupying space together. Hicks is usually not shy about being critical of post modernism, except during this interview, because he obviously didn't want to give into Jordan's proclivities easily.

  • Reply Jonathan Gerrard July 2, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    The fact that Jordan includes the erroneous start to his discussion displays his authenticity and distinction from his detractors who are too frequently eager to appear to be more intelligent than they are.

  • Reply George Enright July 3, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Nobles and Serfs is the goal….
    It is a challenge to tackle these guys before coffee… lol
    Good back and forth

  • Reply Noneyalls Biddness July 5, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Thank you both! Very Very very much keep telling them nature fears no pitch fork

  • Reply Wax Kevorkian July 6, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Get Hicks on Rogan!

  • Reply edy edyy July 6, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Awesome discussion. About the socialist system, Jordan Peterson has a beautiful lecture in which a dragon starts growing until it takes over everything. We have to fight the problem from the beginning, before it is going to start sending us to prison or in Gulag, or to dig the Danube-Black sea. Intellectuals like you are going to be first. There is no way in order to achieve equality to elevate the masses, the only way is to run into the ground the people who are thinking. But the lazy people are not going to be rich, the outcome will be that every body will starve to death see in modern times South Africa, North Korea, Venezuela. Eventually the system will collapse, but the last one took around 40 years to do so. The problem is that this time its not going to be a western economy to help the ruined civilisations. If this system is not going to be stopped, i can see only a very dark picture of the future….

  • Reply May Key July 6, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Dr. Hick's book makes very embarrassing gaffs on the most basic points of the history of philosophy.
    He says of professional philosphers' reviews "they are strong, to very strongly positive. The normal scholarly quibbles arise."
    No, just no. It is not a minor scholarly quibbles to completely misrepresent the enteir work of Plato, or of Aristotle, or of Descartes. I have seen him be torched by most philosphers I know, for laying out a onesided, pigeonhole history of Philosophy and misunderstanding postmodernism.
    I am a big fan of Dr. Peterson. But Dr. Hicks is just bad at basic history.

  • Reply I E July 8, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    6:49

  • Reply Newsung Sails July 8, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I love that the opening music for this is the Allegro from J.S. Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto, and the same piece of music is the opening music for Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson at the Hoover institution. Furthermore, Firing Line with William F. Buckley has the closing movement of the 2nd Brandenburg as its theme music. One can only conclude that the Brandenburg Concertos are the OST of classical liberalism and conservatism. Fitting. The most beautiful music I've ever heard. Check out the Cantata #54 sometime. it is incredible.

  • Reply william b July 9, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Stephen Hicks is a dodgy scholar and (if you can even call him that) philosopher. Here is a great critique of his book on postmodernism (it seems important to note that the book has not been peer reviewed which may explain the extent of Hicks' scholarly mistakes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHtvTGaPzF4&t=2642s

  • Reply Dylan King July 10, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    How to cure postmodernism: A course every semester devoted to studying Jung.

  • Reply Paul Frey July 11, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Let the guy talk for Christ’s sake!

  • Reply devillian2 July 11, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I agree, we sure are living less pain-free lives now …

  • Reply Michael Wu July 15, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Great informative video on Stephen Hick’s “Explaining Post-modernism.” Please take a look:

    https://youtu.be/EHtvTGaPzF4

  • Reply Tariq Hassan July 15, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Post modernist teaching is that there is no absolute truth. But if that is true, then it cannot be true because the statement itself claims to be an absolute truth. So if fails, intellectually incoherent

  • Reply Cameron Belt July 21, 2019 at 2:02 am

    I see Stephen hicks, I click

  • Reply R Dubya July 23, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I love the knowledge I gain listening to you. It is fascinating and eye opening. Please keep up your good work.

  • Reply wiptide July 23, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    1)"Postmodernism is nihilistic and says everything is meaningless."
    2)"Postmodernism is transgenderism, communism, Islam, and feminism working together to destroy the West."
    Which is it?

  • Reply SchweigerGunther July 26, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Finally found someone who knows more than JP.

  • Reply Osric Leondegrance July 27, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Nobody going to speak on the less-than-objective-ist cult, and the desired behavior of a savior figure exemplified in Objectivist Terry Goodkind's Richard Rahl, the ultimate Gary Stu autocrat, the embodiment of ultimate truth and ultimate power?

  • Reply Mind & Qi are One July 28, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Love you JP but Stephen Hicks is a bigger lobster! You’ve scored points for having him on.
    No one would call Stephen Hicks a pseudo-intellectual that’s for sure.

  • Reply Bruce Gilder July 30, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Using language accurately is very important and dr. Peterson needs to start using language more accurately. The postmodernist are not coming after him hammer and tong, rather they are coming after him hammer and sickle.

  • Reply Rant Master July 31, 2019 at 11:33 am

    "when I talk about hierarchies they come at me 'hard', but when they talk about the world their assumption is that everyone is trying to climb the hierarchy"

  • Reply David Perry August 2, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I think part of the problem, to sort of boil down the concern, is that postmodernism creates a conceptual power vacuum. Ironically enough, it strips out meaningfulness and lays itself bare for any power-seeking metanarrative to adopt the useful parts and construct anything they like from it–giving it new life and filling its followers with hope they didn't get from its earlier tenets. All it needs is a conceptual rally point.

    I think we might be watching this happen in the social substrate of Progessive politics because you can watch them deconstruct reason with emotional rhetoric.

  • Reply normandylander August 10, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Proverb of the ancient world; 'Only the future is certain, because the past keeps being rewritten'

  • Reply Axel Jair Mejorado García August 11, 2019 at 5:51 am

    I seek you as a mind sended by God to understand our own nature.

  • Reply Dart Harpy August 15, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Thank-you Dr Peterson, best wishes for your partner

  • Reply iamLI3 August 16, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    and then in this one both speakers were constantly trying to talk over each other lol

  • Reply Paul Billingham August 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Thanks Dr Peterson, I continue to have that problem with dictionaries. Have gone back to my 1986 Collins dictionary to try to figure out what everyone is talking about. Good to know that it takes recognised academics hours of discussion to figure out 'post modernists' if in fact they know themselves what they are?

  • Reply sourcegamer101 August 23, 2019 at 1:16 am

    this 'explosion' and subsequent rise in far left identitarianism since 2014 is just terrifying. It seems like there is clear trajectory which things are headed and it doesn't exactly give me too much hope for my future. not exactly something I want to say and i really hope its not the case.

  • Reply Carolyn Lozan August 24, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Whilst Listening to Buddhist teachings, it was described to me that the Buddha was acting like a doctor or psychologist when he stated his 4 truths, he called them noble though and suffering is more like disatisfaction. The first is, There is suffering, Second, there is a cause to suffering, Third, there is a cessation of suffering which is called Nirvana, Fourth, to achieve Nirvana follow the Noble eightfold path. What Jordon Peterson is saying, I interpret, is very similar to these Buddhist teachings.

  • Reply John Logan McCaw August 24, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    I wonder if Peterson has heard just how profoundly inaccurate, poorly researched, and distorted the content of Hicks' Explaining Postmodernism is. Here is a video that points out the tremendously pervasive intersecting inaccuracies and fallacies that animate the content of the book: https://youtu.be/EHtvTGaPzF4

    Peterson and Hicks are unlikely to respond to these criticisms, because they are more interested in paying lip service to enlightenment values than actually enacting them in serious, sustained dialogue or debate.

  • Reply Michael Sieger August 25, 2019 at 1:02 am

    I hate postmodernism more than anyone. But lol you reactionaries need to start actually doing some reading rather than spouting uninformed opinions. Stephen Hicks is a gormless hack who publishes without editorial review or feedback.
    If you haven’t read Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason you shouldn’t be allowed to talk about philosophy. It’s like being a Jewish studies major and never having read the Old Testament.
    ‘Nietzsche and the Nazis’ really? Any other tired and unfounded clichés you need to rehash over hundreds of wasted pages?

  • Reply Jake August 30, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Hick's needs to address a lot of the academic concerns around his book and it's accuracy. I think it would put my mind at ease if he read some of the critiques.

  • Reply Thi Minh Chau Nguyen September 5, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Stephen Hicks seems so calm.

  • Reply One Race Through Adam September 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Why ignore our spirit? Man is body, soul, spirit- container, consciousness, communication-link to loving God. There is a loving spirit (God) and a hateful spirit (Satan.) We are born with a broken link to God; a broken link doesn’t equate to bad, nor a repaired link to good, but only a repaired link can properly understand and manifest God’s agape love AND allow us to shun the hateful spirit. Years back, hatred was in my heart for people; that is no longer true though I still hate actions of some. Ask yourself, why do many seem incapable of distinguishing people from their actions? Fancy philosophical arguments will never answer that question because it is a spiritual question.

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