12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos {Pdf epub} by Jordan B. Peterson


REVIEW 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos

What does everyone in the modern world need to know Renowned psychologist Jordan B Peterson's answer to this most difficult of uestions uniuely combines the hard won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting edge scientific researchHumorous surprising and informative Dr Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone what terr. I see many five star reviews here so here is the contrarian position I m giving this one star for a couple of reasons 1 The content does not justify the length of the book When you strip away the pseudo profundity and verbosity you re left with rather simple ideas you could find in any self help book or discover on your own Rule 1 for instance essentially states that females prefer males with confidence and that success breeds confidence and further success This is rather obvious without having to understand the evolutionary history of lobsters 2 The introduction of the book presents the author as an objective investigator of the truth disillusioned by dogmatic ideology and prepared to demonstrate its dangers He then proceeds to incessantly uote from the bible perhaps the most dogmatic text ever written I didn t purchase the book to be preached at and found it unexpected and highly obnoxious I understand that the author is interested in story and archetypes but the bible is uoted out of proportion There are many ancient stories to choose from each with endless interpretive possibilities but the bible is for some reason the primary text Now I m sure this is fine with many people but I was unpleasantly surprised that I had purchased a book on biblical criticism or theology The stories the author has selected to focus on his preferred interpretations and the stories he ignores says about his psychology than anything else It appears that he NEEDS religion to be true to prevent his own nihilistic tendencies a viewpoint he foists on his readers More than once he states in no uneuivocal terms that Jesus is the archetypal perfect man Perhaps but without getting into it here there are many reasons to think perhaps not For those philosophically inclined or for those that appreciate the progress of humanism and science Socrates for example would probably be a better fit for the archetypal perfect man And if I want insight into morality and human nature from an ancient source I d turn to Plato and Aristotle before the Good Book Again this is all too subjective which is the problem in general with using ancient wisdom to support a particular viewpoint The author presents his interpretive schemes as objective truths about human nature and the only display of humility is found in the introduction For those seeking an alternative to Jordan Peterson s dark vision of the world uestionable approach to truth and knowledge and retreat to religion they will find the answer in Bertrand Russell whose essays on religion seem to at times be speaking directly to Peterson himself Here s the final paragraph from Russell s essay Why I Am Not a ChristianWHAT WE MUST DOWe want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and suare at the world its good facts its bad facts its beauties and its ugliness see the world as it is and be not afraid of it Conuer the world by intelligence and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror that comes from it The whole conception of God is a conception derived from the ancient Oriental despotisms It is a conception uite unworthy of free men When you hear people in church debasing themselves and saying that they are miserable sinners and all the rest of it it seems contemptible and not worthy of self respecting human beings We ought to stand up and look the world frankly in the face We ought to make the best we can of the world and if it is not so good as we wish after all it will still be better than what these others have made of it in all these ages A good world needs knowledge kindliness and courage it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men It needs a fearless outlook and a free intelligence It needs hope for the future not looking back all the time towards a past that is dead which we trust will be far surpassed by the future that our intelligence can createRussell wishes to replace fear religion and dogma with free thinking intelligence courage knowledge and kindness To believe something because it is seen to be useful rather than true is intellectually dishonest to the highest degree And as Russell points out elsewhere he can t recall a single verse in the Bible that praises intelligence Here s Russell in another essay titled Can Religion Cure Our TroublesMankind is in mortal peril and fear now as in the past is inclining men to seek refuge in God Throughout the West there is a very general revival of religion Nazis and Communists dismissed Christianity and did things which we deplore It is easy to conclude that the repudiation of Christianity by Hitler and the Soviet Government is at least in part the cause of our troubles and that if the world returned to Christianity our international problems would be solved I believe this to be a complete delusion born of terror And I think it is a dangerous delusion because it misleads men whose thinking might otherwise be fruitful and thus stands in the way of a valid solutionThe uestion involved is not concerned only with the present state of the world It is a much general uestion and one which has been debated for many centuries It is the uestion whether societies can practise a sufficient modicum of morality if they are not helped by dogmatic religion I do not myself think that the dependence of morals upon religion is nearly as close as religious people believe it to be I even think that some very important virtues are likely to be found among those who reject religious dogmas than among those who accept them I think this applies especially to the virtue of truthfulness or intellectual integrity I mean by intellectual integrity the habit of deciding vexed uestions in accordance with the evidence or of leaving them undecided where the evidence is inconclusive This virtue though it is underestimated by almost all adherents of any system of dogma is to my mind of the very greatest social importance and far likely to benefit the world than Christianity or any other system of organised beliefsWe can see that the Peterson fallacy is at least as old as 1954 The fact that Communism and Nazism committed evils is not justification to return to religious dogma in fact that would just be replacing one dogmatic ideology for anotherThe solution is not a retreat to the Age of Faith which was no pleasant than living under communism the solution is a renewal of the Enlightenment values of reason science humanism and progress espoused by Russell himself Also check out these worthwhile alternatives to 12 Rules For LifeThe Happiness Hypothesis Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan HaidtThe Practicing Stoic A Philosophical User s Manual by Ward FarnsworthWhy I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand RussellThe God Argument The Case against Religion and for Humanism by AC Grayling

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Ible fate awaits those who criticize too easily and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the streetWhat does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight with our shoulders back and about success in life Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods What dreadful paths do p. Jordan Peterson may be the only clinical psychologist who believes that psychology is subordinate to philosophy and the one thing that psychology and philosophy both genuflect before is story Story or myth predates religion and is in fact as old as language itself In his earlier book Maps of Meaning The Architecture of Belief Peterson connects the stories we share with our earliest ancestors with modern knowledge of behavior and the mind It s a textbook for his popular University of Toronto coursesThe one time dish washer and mill worker spent nearly 20 years at the University before garnering international attention In September 2016 Peterson released a couple of videos opposing an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act which he contended could send someone to jail for refusing to use a made up gender identity pronoun Peterson went on to testify before the Canadian Senate and has emerged as a foremost critic of postmodernism on North American campusesPostmodernism is the new skin of communism In Peterson s view The ideology has been so thoroughly discredited from an economic standpoint that those who still advocate for it for either political or emotional reasons have resorted to attacking the very process in which something can be discredited reason and debate At the same time they have worked to change the face of oppression away from those living in poverty toward individuals who don t look or act like those who hold most of the positions of power and authority in Western society Peterson s classroom is now the entire globe Millions are watching his lectures and other videos on YouTube For this new and greater audience a accessible affordable compendium than Maps of Meaning was called for 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos is affordable for sure but only slightly accessible Part self help book part memoir part Maps for the masses it s organized sprawlingly Read full review at Idenics pay careful attention as the highest of gods What dreadful Night Owl Loonette paths do Deadshifted (Edie Spence, p. Jordan Peterson may be the only clinical El agujero del infierno psychologist who believes that The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) psychology is subordinate to Teddy philosophy and the one thing that Calling Me Home psychology and Mr. Francis Wife predates religion and is in fact as old as language itself In his earlier book Maps of Meaning The Architecture of Belief Peterson connects the stories we share with our earliest ancestors with modern knowledge of behavior and the mind It s a textbook for his The Shadow People popular University of Toronto coursesThe one time dish washer and mill worker spent nearly 20 years at the University before garnering international attention In September 2016 Peterson released a couple of videos opposing an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act which he contended could send someone to jail for refusing to use a made up gender identity Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels political or emotional reasons have resorted to attacking the very The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook process in which something can be discredited reason and debate At the same time they have worked to change the face of oppression away from those living in Vietnam Perkasie poverty toward individuals who don t look or act like those who hold most of the Losing Strength and Dexterity power and authority in Western society Peterson s classroom is now the entire globe Millions are watching his lectures and other videos on YouTube For this new and greater audience a accessible affordable compendium than Maps of Meaning was called for 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos is affordable for sure but only slightly accessible Part self help book Afghanistan part memoir The Black Sheeps Secret Child part Maps for the masses it s organized sprawlingly Read full review at

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Eople tread when they become resentful arrogant and vengeful Dr Peterson journeys broadly discussing discipline freedom adventure and responsibility distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science faith and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listene. Faulty tools produce faulty results Jordan B Peterson 12 Rules for LifeI m generally not a fan of self help books and this one would have probably never hit my to read shelf if a good friend of mine hadn t invited me to attend a live Jordan Peterson lecture in Phoenix a little over a week ago June 1 2018 The only other exposure I had to Peterson was a wave of seriously negative posts about him by some of my most liberal friends on FB I was intrigued Here I have some friends who found something of value from him enough to want to share with me also we were using Peterson just as a reason to reconnect AND other friends who absolutely abhorred the man All of this fascinated me I was relatively a tabula rasa on this guy I hadn t even read some of the negative pieces on him I loved people that upended the status uo I loved early Camille Paglia and Andrew Sullivan Now I was curious Was this guy throwing sand into the salad of liberals on purpose Was he just thinking in a way that was uniue and not bounded by usual boundaries So I went and heard him speak I found his lecture like I found his book fascinating It was a mixture of science myth story telling Disney and confidence man bullshit The box I was in had 6 men and 4 women not a bad ratio since a large proportion of Jordan s rabid fan base is white men And when I say rabid I mean foaming at the mouth rabid When he was introduced several men in the crowd grunted like they were prepping for a football game or battle It was a little intense The testosterone in some was uncorked After the show and while reading this book I ve also come across several of his interviews and YouTube videos I think an obvious example of the way Peterson gets misread is the Cathy Newman interview or the recent NYTimes piece These don t do a good job of actually getting to the root of what Jordan Peterson is saying Personally I think 80% of what Peterson is saying is actually NOT bad How can you really argue with ideas like clean your room treat yourself like you are someone you are responsible for helping rule 2 pursue what is meaningful not what is expedient rule 7 or tell the truth or at least don t lie rule 8 A lot of what he says makes sense But it is the last 20% of what he says that kind of drives me nuts and I m a white man I can imagine that womenminoritiesuniversity intellectuals would feel a bit stronger than me His critiues of feminism white privilege post modernism modern universities etc aren t narrow and tend to violate his own rule 10 be precise in your speech He rambles rages and makes pretty big assumptions on areas that are far from well established and often a bit beyond his areas of expertiseMy other issue with Peterson that was clarified in the lecture than the book is he is actually seeking the role of secular prophetrevivalistguru Hell in his introduction is basically admitted that the book s subjects were basically market tested on the internet People like lists They really like certainty Many of the population Peterson was aiming at aren t familiar with mythsJungian archetypesphilosophy so it becomes easier to use Disney movies Why not tell your audience what to do in a nice list of 12 things Like Steven R Covey on confrontational steroids Dr Peterson walked around the Comerica stage and riffed on one of his rules mostly Rule 10 in Phoenix and a dash of Rule 11 Like the text of his book he circled around repeating stories and points declare something true or false making a joke and then absolved his mainly white male audience from some of their social guilt and anxiety They loved him for it He was Jimmy Swaggart in Canadian professor garb Because it is hard to define white privilege it doesn t exist so ignore it Rinse and repeat for feminism and other issues plaguing our modern culture and often aimed at privilege money or power It was wild seeing white single men showing up to this even wearing t shirts with his picture on it It must be hard to not let that kind of cultish adoration go to your head even if your background is the human head


10 thoughts on “12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos

  1. says:

    I see many five star reviews here so here is the contrarian position I’m giving this one star for a couple of reasons 1 The content does not justify the length of the book When you strip away the pseudo profundity and verbosity you’re left with rather simple ideas you could find in any self help book or discover on you

  2. says:

    DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME If you've never read a book in your life you'd think JP is super smart that baroue style of writing the never ending sen

  3. says:

    So there is a lot of wisdom in here about how to live your life don't blame other people listen and understand other people's perspe

  4. says:

    Jordan Peterson may be the only clinical psychologist who believes that psychology is subordinate to philosophy and the one thing that psycho

  5. says:

    A soothing and seductive balm for the butthurt I am fascinated by the cult surrounding this man who as a previous reviewer noted relies far too much on simplistic interpretations of Biblical stories and the Disney versions of fairy

  6. says:

    A book by Jordan Peterson I won’t be able to do it justice 12 Rules for Life is a wonderful book It is typical Peterson with large amounts of insightful information and wit The book includes information that I knew did not know and information I knew but did not know I knew like a Peterson lecture There are three main points that I took away from this book1 The world is a horrible place filled with suffering If you personally don’t s

  7. says:

    I wish this book had been around to read when I was 18

  8. says:

    Too Sweet to be WholesomeJordan Peterson is a global phenomenon He is good in print; even better in interviews As a psychoanalyst he has decades of experience and professional credibility I find his Jungian approach far interesting than Freudian or various cognitive methods As a Canadian he is presumed a certain integrity often de

  9. says:

    Faulty tools produce faulty results Jordan B Peterson 12 Rules for LifeI'm generally not a fan of self help books and this one would have probably never hit my to read shelf if a good friend of mine hadn't invited me to attend a live Jordan Peterson lecture in Phoenix a little over a week ago June 1 2018 The only other exposure I

  10. says:

    I ignored Jordan Peterson for a while since his name usually came up in culture war contexts where the rule is that every generation gets approximately five talking points to endlessly yell at each other But then he published a book and a bunch of my academic friends started screeching a few octaves higher than usual and

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