Category Archives: Politics

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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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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Messy Brexit and a Hotter New Year


Well done, you’ve survived another year, and so have I, even despite Christmas excess. The occasional discomfort in the upper torso was just indigestion, probably. At the end of December, or when we can be bothered to get round to … Continue reading

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A Naturalistic Explanation of Suffering


Last time, I noted something of a gap in the results of internet searches on the origin of suffering. I didn’t see any naturalistic explanations, at least in the first page, just supernatural ones and the odd bit of anthropocentric … Continue reading

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Brexit. Best of Three?


That’s what I usually say when I’ve I lost the first game of pool (which is usual): “Best of Three?” Or two! – if we could just do it again and take the second answer, but everyone wake up this … Continue reading

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Keeping Our Heads: Global Politics and Conspiracy Theories


Prompted by the arrival of a new commentator, Paul, I decided to approach the thorny subjects of global politics and conspiracy theories. Paul posted a link to wikispooks (User:Peter) in a comment, saying that the preamble there was also his … Continue reading

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