The Reality Dispatch Heuristics picked up a new “term”… a name, in this case… that was broadly spread but not consistently associated with bias.
Who Is Jordan Peterson?
Jordan Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and a “classic intellectual.” He recently published a new book, 12 Rules For Life and has been on book-tour promoting it.. His approach and views run somewhat right-of-center, as he supports rights as long as they don’t infringe on other rights.
For example, prior to this week’s events, he was known more for battling gender-neutral pronouns, and for a teaching assistant getting in trouble for showing a clip of him discussing that topic. This is more of an issue in Canada than in the U.S., because Bill C-16, while providing for transgender rights, also appears to restrict speech and require transgendered pronouns.
Why Is He in the News? (Why Do You Care?)
Professor Peterson went viral withstanding a vitriolic and hateful leftist interview while staying classy and calm. (1) The Atlantic’s report on the interview is an educational read.
Watch the U.K. Channel 4 interview here.
New references to Jordan Peterson, from all sides of the media/political spectrum, start with that same interview. As a quick recap, we have the Wall Street Journal, National Review, New York Times, Atlantic, Tucker Carlson and the Guardian all on the same side. All suggesting the interviewer was over-the-line and that this may indicate a coming backlash.
What Was In The Interview?
Cathy Newman, proponent of identity politics (including radical feminism), interviewed Jordan Peterson on U.K. Channel 4. The entire transcript is here. A representative sampling, Petersen in blue, Newman in green.
Well, it’s, I’m not saying anything. It’s just an observation, that, that’s the way it is. There’s plenty of women that are watching my lectures and coming to my talks and buying my books. It’s just that the majority of them happen to be men.
What’s in it for the women, though?
Well what sort of partner do you want? You want an overgrown child? Or do you want someone to contend with, that’s going to help you?
So you’re saying women have some sort of duty to sort of help fix the crisis of masculinity?
It depends on what they want. No I mean, it’s exactly how I laid it out like. Women want, deeply, want men who are competent and powerful! And I don’t mean power in that they can exert tyrannical control over others. That’s not power! That’s just corruption. Power is competence, and why in the world would you not want a competent partner? Well, I know why actually. You can’t dominate a competent partner. So if you want domination, …
So you are saying women want to dominate, is that what you’re saying?
No. I’d say women who have had their relationships with men impaired and who are afraid of such relationships, will settle for a weak partner, because they can dominate them. But it’s a sub-optimal solution.
Do you think that’s what a lot of women are doing?
I think there’s a substantial minority of women who do that. And I think it’s very bad for them. They’re very unhappy. It’s very bad for their partners. Although the partners get the advantage of not having to take any responsibility.
What gives you the right to say that? I mean, maybe that’s how women want their relationships, those women. I mean, you’re making these vast generalizations.
I’m a clinical psychologist.
Right. So you’re saying you’ve done your research and women are unhappy dominating men?
I didn’t say they were unhappy dominating them. I said it was a bad long-term solution. It’s not the same thing.
Note how often Cathy Newman says a variation of “so what you are saying…” and follows it with a hyperbole-laden misrepresentation of what he just had stated. (The answer is 33 times through-out the full interview.) This is why the interview has gone viral; because her level of verbal abuse went beyond the tolerance of even those philosophically aligned with her.
The aftermath has included death threats and harassment to both Peterson and Newman. This will be yesterday’s news tomorrow; if not for the interview, Peterson would probably still be essentially unknown. His views, or at least the logical extensions of them, run against identity politics and mandated pronouns associated with fluid gender identities (2) people for not respecting preferred pronoun, and therefore border on what today is considered “hate speech.”