Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 3b, A thing is its valence

These ‘Part b’ things seem to be a recurring feature, so I’ll make a formal declaration about what they are now. Part A will be a discussion of the book and the major themes that arise. Part B will be an application of a theme, even if it is not one of the major themes… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 3b, A thing is its valence

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 3a, Death, Sacrifice and Femininity

Since my last update, I have come across two things in Maps of Meaning which seem to fully undermine the whole structure of Peterson’s thesis thus far. These are ‘The Terrible Mother’ and ‘goal-like’ behaviour which is instinctive. But, before we get there, I’m going to recap some main points and give the relevant expansions… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 3a, Death, Sacrifice and Femininity

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 2b aside, Hero Worship and Populism

In the last blog there was a part that I thought worthy of its own little aside. Peterson talked of admiration of elders and celebrities, to the point we worship them and mimic them. Who these worshipped people are is going to depend on the worshippers’ values and whether the worshipped person appears to have… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 2b aside, Hero Worship and Populism

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 2a, The Meaning of Meaning and Value of Value

Maps of Meaning is quite a dense book, and perhaps I was overly optimistic in thinking I could take it all in how I thought I could. Since my last writing, I have been listening on walks across slick mud, on two 5k runs and while negotiating footpaths that should not be quite so full… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 2a, The Meaning of Meaning and Value of Value

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 1, Meaning and navigation

I am writing now because I can’t sleep, although everyone else in the house is asleep. I have parts of Maps of Meaning echoing around, and I want to get them down before I forget them. I have listened to chapter 1 in its entirety and a part of chapter 2. A good night sleep… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 1, Meaning and navigation

Maps of Meaning, discussion – the preface

I have decided to listen to Jordan B Peterson’s Maps of Meaning as an audiobook and give a brief summary and discussion of what I pick up. Peterson fans will probably notice that I don’t pick all of the book up, and I may miss parts. That’s not intentional, be patient with me. But, I… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – the preface

Problems with science – and fixing them with more science

My last post might have given the impression that I think science is infallible, or at least that I do not think there is room for improvement. That is the unfortunate side-effect of defending something from a specific claim. For that reason, it is prudent to offer a counterbalance. Science is imperfect in a number… Continue reading Problems with science – and fixing them with more science

Science and Censorship

Is science censored? The answer depends entirely on the definitions you use. (That’s a cliche answer and often a cop-out, but it’s actually a dig at the sophistry used by people claiming science is censored.) The TL;DR answer is: no. Science is flawed, but censorship is not that flaw. For our purposes here, science is… Continue reading Science and Censorship

Wear Masks

You should wear a mask when visiting a supermarket. The purpose of this post is to outline my position regarding wearing a mask while in public spaces, especially enclosed ones like supermarkets. But, also do deal with some of the push back against this that I have noticed. That is going to involve sharing and… Continue reading Wear Masks

Comfortable Media will Kill Real Journalism

Comfortable media is that media which is easy to write, because it’s general conclusion is pre-agreed: it’s the incendiary, the extreme, the media where the author would claim to know the motives and deep ideology of an entire group better than anyone. As a result, “comfortable media” is also the media that is easy to… Continue reading Comfortable Media will Kill Real Journalism