Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 4a, Rites, Rituals and Initiations

This is a shorter post. There’s a couple of reasons for this: it’s cold out, and so I’m walking less ― especially with my daughter in a sling ― and I’ve fallen behind on the podcasts I enjoy and perhaps more importantly, knowing that I’m less than half way through the book and seeing it… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 4a, Rites, Rituals and Initiations

Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 5a, Culture and Cultural Personality

Peterson has continued to repeat the way in which he finds the ‘Judeochristian story’ to be relevant or useful, even if he hasn’t yet found a way to justify that it is ‘true’. In the general context of this blog, it’s interesting that Peterson hasn’t tasked himself with defending the claim that any religion is… Continue reading Maps of Meaning, discussion – Part 5a, Culture and Cultural Personality

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