Pascal’s Wager is a lie

Pascal’s Wager is a lie. Here’s the issue: the wager is essentially a gambling matrix, with two options in reality and two options that you can believe in. The two possible realities are Christianity or Atheism (if you’re a Muslim, the options are Islam and Atheism ― continue to substitute your own God in as… Continue reading Pascal’s Wager is a lie

Ontological Arguments

Ontological Arguments for the existence of God are an odd grouping. Not much holds them together except for their most common rebuttal: that they attempt to define a God into existence. This is not my favourite rebuttal to the arguments, although it is true: ontological arguments for God try to sneak the idea of existing… Continue reading Ontological Arguments

Epistemocracy

Epistocracy and Epistemocracy don’t appear to have set meanings. In The Black Swan, Nassim Nicolas Taleb uses the latter ― epistemocracy ― to define a trait of leadership where the leader has epistemic humility (i.e. is comfortable with saying I don’t know). That’s not necessarily a system of government, as it’s compatible with democracy and… Continue reading Epistemocracy

The Progressive House

This is my second draft of this post, and that’s not how I normally operate. I normally write one draft with very few revisions (or even spell checking ― you may have noticed). Initially, I wrote a point by point rebuttal to Caroline Smith’s The House Progressives Built. But, in writing that, I noticed there… Continue reading The Progressive House

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 7a, Concluding Thoughts

Alright, let’s wrap this up. At least one friend and one commenter has pointed out that Maps of Meaning is an academic tome that is quite separate from the content that has made Peterson famous. It’s difficult to articulate whether I fully believe this: I haven’t actually figured out precisely what the remit of the… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 7a, Concluding Thoughts

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 6b, Dream Analysis

Peterson gives us an account of his daughter’s dream. The real-life context is that she is the older sister of one-and-a-half-year-old brother, and still sees him as a baby, even though he can now walk around and use broken language. I can’t remember either of their names, and so I shall call them Matt and… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 6b, Dream Analysis

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 6a, The Emergence of Anomaly

Even if the book has more than 10 hours left, I can feel my mind starting to wrap it up. Maybe it’s because Peterson has already said “and this will be the focus of the rest of this audiobook”, or words to that effect, or perhaps it’s because it just feels like it’s on repeat.… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 6a, The Emergence of Anomaly

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 5b, Reinterpretting the Fall

The conventional wisdom about the Christian story of Eden and the Fall is that humanity was created immortal and given a single rule: to not eat from The Tree of Knowledge and Good and Evil, situated in the garden they lived in, the Garden of Eden. The two humans around then broke that one rule,… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 5b, Reinterpretting the Fall

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 4b, Peterson applied to Moana

I rewatched Moana, and one thing about Maps of Meaning became clear: Peterson is right about the basic narrative and cast of myths and stories. What I still struggle with is the psychological necessity of these stories to capture values and meaning, or why these arcs are the ones that resonate with us. But, I… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 4b, Peterson applied to Moana