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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #4) Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today


Having arrived at Jordan Peterson’s fourth “rule for life”, I will skip the repetitive introduction about the series. Instead I’ll give a link to the point in the video that I’m critiquing where Peterson begins talking about each rule, so … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #3) Make friends with people who want the best for you


I’m going through a talk by Jordan Peterson on his twelve rules for life, assessing them one by one in the context of Peterson’s approach to life and politics. We’ve survived as far as Rule #3.   Make friends with … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #2) Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping


In this series, I’m going through a talk by Jordan Peterson on his twelve rules for life, assessing them one by one in the context of Peterson’s approach to life and politics. It’s time for part two… Treat yourself like … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #1) Stand Up Straight with your Shoulders Back


Introduction to the Series This is the first of a new twelve-part series on Dr Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules for Life. I will assess each rule, one per post, as he presents it in this talk, given at the How … Continue reading

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Me and Jordan Peterson on the Couch


Well, this looks like being a lot more fun than I expected. I said a while back that I had been debunking people who were almost unknown, and perhaps ought to take on some high profile disseminators of misinformation. I … Continue reading

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Rock Bottom: Are We There Yet (now Boris is PM)?


In the last post, The Matrix and How to Escape It, I conjectured about the role of fiction – from fairytales to Hollywood – in creating our readiness to believe nonsense, such as conspiracy theories, New Age ideas or political … Continue reading

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The Real Matrix and How to Escape It


The subject of the film, The Matrix came up in the comments of Yakaru’s blog, Spirituality is No Excuse lately, and it inspired me to write about something I’ve meant to approach for a while – the real Matrix.

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Natural Consciousness: (Part 1) Emptiness


I promised myself a while back I’d deal with the issue of consciousness. Writing something as comprehensive as I intended proved to be too great a task to complete in one go. Meanwhile, I decided to try to write shorter … Continue reading

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Indicative Votes


The British Parliament had their first round of indicative voting the other day and rejected all options on the ballot paper. They don’t want any kind of Brexit at all if possible. The problem is, the question put to the … Continue reading

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The Limits of Discussion


Sorry There Weren’t Any More Jokes I said in passing last time that I was depressed. There were more personal reasons for my depression than the (very depressing) Brexit and global warming, but I didn’t want to write about the … Continue reading

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