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Join intellectual phenomenon Dr. Jordan Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila for enlightening discourse that will change the way you think. This podcast breaks down the dichotomy of life through interviews and lectures that explain how individuals and culture are shaped by values, music, religion, and beyond. It will give you a new perspective and a modern understanding of your creativity, competence, and personality.
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--From: 2014 Personality Lecture 13: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Existentialism)-- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, perhaps the greatest Russian author of the twentieth century, was an Orthodox Christian existentialist, a direct descendant of Dostoevsky's thinking, and a man who took a mighty axe to the terrible tangled roots of communist totalitarianism. He associated inauthentic being on the part of the individual, within society, with the direct degeneration of that society into tyranny and malevolence. -- For Advertising Inquiries, visit https://www.advertisecast.com/TheJordanBPetersonPodcast
I had the great privilege of writing the foreword to the 50th-anniversary version of the abridged version of one of the most important books of the 20th century, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, a devastating account of the absolute horror wreaked upon the people of the Soviet Empire by the acolytes of the doctrine of Karl Marx. I read the foreword here, in its entirety, and encourage everyone to purchase and study the book. It changed the world. The 50th-anniversary version of The Gulag Archipelago is available at Amazon UK at https://amzn.to/2CQ8O6O or at multiple booksellers on the dedicated Penguin Random House page at https://bit.ly/2Q2CUrb NOTE: The North American license is held by Harper Collins, and the book is not available in its 50th-anniversary form except from the sellers above. -- Additional relevant links re Solzhenitsyn: Main webpage: http://www.solzhenitsyn.ru/main.php Nobel Prize acceptance speech: https://bit.ly/2SvkaSS I have recommended many of Solzhenitsyn's books here: https://jordanbpeterson.com/great-books/ - Thank you to our sponsors: https://allform.com/lp/jordan/podcasts   For Advertising Inquiries, visit https://www.advertisecast.com/TheJordanBPetersonPodcast
In this, the final Maps of Meaning lecture for 2017, Dr. Peterson reviews the year and its offerings: What is a belief system? Why are people so inclined to engage in conflict to protect their belief systems? It's partly because our belief systems are not only systems of belief, but structures that serve to render everyone who participates in that belief and its dramatization and acting out in the world predictable, trustworthy and cooperative (even when competing). Is there a hierarchy of rank or value among belief systems, or are they merely arbitrary? What is the relationship between descriptions of the objective world and moral guidelines? How do you determine how to conduct yourself in the world? What should you do (and is that question even genuine -- or answerable?) What inbuilt structures do you bring into the world, as a consequence of biological evolution, that help you orient yourself in life, in the face of its overwhelming complexity? What is the relationship between the games that children learn to play when becoming socialized and the cultural structures that guide us in broader society? How is all this related to the underlying symbolic structures (religious structures) that sit at the base of our societies and belief structures?
In this lecture, Dr. Peterson continues his discussion of the archaic stories at the beginning of Genesis, including Cain and Abel, and the flood story of Noah (the return of chaos), and the story of the Tower of Babel (which he reads as a very old warning about the danger of erecting something akin to a totalitarian/utopian secular state -- that is pathological order).
In this lecture, Dr. Peterson discusses the creation stories in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, and describes the parallels with the stories of the development of the Buddha from childhood to early adulthood, using the archetypal schema developed previously in the course.   For Advertising Inquiries, visit https://www.advertisecast.com/TheJordanBPetersonPodcast
In this lecture, Dr. Peterson discusses the manner in which the fundamental symbolic archetypes (particularly those dealing with the Wise King and Tyrant) are hijacked for the purposes of propaganda. Ideologies are parasites. Their hosts are archetypes. Knowledge of the underlying archetypes can produce immunity against ideological possession.   For Advertising Inquiries, visit https://www.advertisecast.com/TheJordanBPetersonPodcast
In this lecture, Dr. Peterson discusses the relationship between the basic categories of imagistic/symbolic representation and brain function, noting that the very hemispheres of the brain are adapted, right/left to the environmental or experiential permanence of chaos/order or unexplored/explored territory, with consciousness serving the Logos role of communicative explorer (a function related in one of its deepest manifestations to the function of the hypothalamically grounded dopaminergic systems). - Thanks to our sponsors: https://helixsleep.com/jordan - Listen to The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mikhaila-peterson-podcast/id1514043751
In this lecture, Dr. Peterson discusses how the basic or archetypal categories we use to frame the world are represented in image, where they existed long before their nature could be articulated. These categories include the individual (hero/adversary), culture (wise king/tyrant), and nature (destruction/creation). The heroic individual (the knower) is typically masculine, as is culture (the known), while the unknown is feminine. These categories can be conceptualized, as well, as explorer, explored territory, and unexplored territory. The most abstract category is the dragon of chaos, the monster who guards what is most valuable. It is from this most primordial of categories that the other three emerge. Our existence as prey and predator is reflected in the ambivalent representation of the absolute unknown.   Thanks to our sponsors: https://www.nhtsa.gov/ https://allform.com/lp/jordan/podcasts https://helixsleep.com/jordan   Listen to The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mikhaila-peterson-podcast/id1514043751
In this lecture, Professor Peterson discusses uncertainty or anomaly. We frame the world -- or the world reveals itself to us -- as a story, with a starting point, a destination, and the behavioral means to move from one to the other. The destination is valued more highly than the starting point, and constitutes the point of the story -- the aim of the individual. Reality manifests itself within that story as what is relevant for forward movement, what gets in the way, and what is irrelevant and can be safely ignored. The largest category, by far, is the latter. Unfortunately, sometimes what has been happily classified as irrelevant rears up and gets in the way. That's a manifestation of chaos. Chaos can undermine the story, or break the frame. The degree of undermining or breakage is proportional to the time and space over which the story in question extends its operations.
In this lecture, I make the case that we each inhabit a story, describing where we are, where we are going, and the actions we must undertake to get from the former to the latter. These inhabited stories are predicated on an underlying value system (as we must want to be where we are going more than we value where we are). In addition, they are frames of reference, allowing us to perceive (things that move us along; things that get in our way), make most of the world irrelevant (things that have no bearing on our current frame), and determine emotional significance (positive: things that move us along; negative: things that get in our way). Thanks to our sponsor: https://helixsleep.com/jordan Listen to The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast! h t t p s : / / p o d c a s t s . a p p l e . c o m / u s / p o d c a s t / t h e - m i k h a i l a - p e t e r s o n - p o d c a s t / i d 1 5 1 4 0 4 3 7 5 1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Here is the fourth episode in a 12 part series that could only be found on youtube until now! In this lecture, I conclude my analysis of the Disney film Pinocchio to illustrate the manner in which great mythological or archetypal themes inform and permeate both the creation and the understanding of narratives. - Jordan Peterson See the full YouTube video: https://youtu.be/bV16NEWld8Q Thanks to our sponsor! The Jordan Harbinger Show: https://www.jordanharbinger.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Here is the third episode in a 12 part series that could only be found on youtube until now! In this lecture, I continue with the analysis of the Disney film Pinocchio to illustrate the manner in which great mythological or archetypal themes inform and permeate both the creation and the understanding of narratives. - Jordan Peterson See the full YouTube video: https://youtu.be/Us979jCjHu8 Thanks to our sponsors: http://trybasis.com/jordan/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Here is the second episode in a 12 part series that could only be found on youtube until now! In this lecture, I begin using a particular piece of dramatic art -- the Disney film Pinocchio -- to provide a specific example of the manner in which great mythological or archetypal themes inform and permeate narrative. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Here is the first episode in a 12 part series that could only be found on youtube until now! In this lecture, I discuss the context within which the theory I am delineating through this course emerge: that of the cold war. What is belief? Why is it so important to people? Why will they fight to protect it? I propose that belief unites a culture's expectations and desires with the actions of its people, and that the match between those two allows for cooperative action and maintains emotional stability. I suggest, further, that culture has a deep narrative structure, presenting the world as a forum for action, with characters representing the individual, the known, and the unknown -- or the individual, culture and nature -- or the individual, order and chaos. Thanks to our sponsor: http://trybasis.com/jordan/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We present the final lecture in this Jordan B. Peterson biblical series. Thanks to our sponsor: https://helixsleep.com/jordan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our biblical series with another Jordan B. Peterson lecture. Thanks to our sponsors: https://www.ancestry.com/jordan http://trybasis.com/jordan/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue with another Jordan B. Peterson lecture on the Bible. Mikhaila Peterson also has a podcast with a very special guest this past week. Thanks to our sponsor: https://helixsleep.com/jordan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue with our series on The Bible with another Jordan B. Peterson lecture and Q & A. Thanks to our sponsors: https://www.joinhoney.com/peterson http://trybasis.com/jordan/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our series on The Bible with Dr. Jordan B. Peterson. We hope you enjoy this lecture and Q & A. We thank our sponsors: https://www.expressvpn.com/jordan https://www.ancestry.com/jordan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our series on the Bible with Jordan B. Peterson's lecture about Abraham. Thanks to our sponsor: http://trybasis.com/jordan/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Joe

if someone is inpeading your development you need to sacrifice that relationship

Oct 29th
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Mark Russell

Worth it?

Oct 27th
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Bb

Hi, would you please check why this episode cannot be streamed. It win’t play. Thank you

Oct 25th
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AhmedTa7-ID19064410

Fantastic

Oct 22nd
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Kirby

1:07

Oct 21st
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Kirby

1:07

Oct 21st
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Mark Russell

Looking forward to this.

Oct 21st
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Mathew Z

Thank you Dr. Peterson. The seemingly infinite resiliency of the marxist doctrine is frightening and is incredibly revealing of the feelings of anger and bitterness toward those that have more. The disguise of this ideology as virtuous is utterly grotesque for me as someone that has lost countless family members to this doctrine. I appreciate your work doctor, and I picked up Gulag Archipelago due to your recommendation. Thank you for doing the work of a true artist

Oct 18th
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Ragnar Experience

Best

Oct 17th
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Mark Russell

How are you?

Oct 17th
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SPYDOR

Ads finish at 1:11

Oct 11th
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yakurbe 0112

I found this lecture more dogmatic than I've come to expect. you speak of Harris' and Dawkins' philosophical failings to a class you are trying to teach without providing any other perspective (even though their moral philosophies are basically equivalent to your own, just lacking the Jungian framework). Youu speak of Marx's ideas with less nuance than you afford Hitler's. Then you go out of your way to not oversimplify Freud's work, as "he's not a simple thinker". As though Harris and Dawkins are simple thinkers. As though Marx didn't put forward ideas with enough weight in the collective unconscious to shake the foundations of the west, twice in the short time since he lived Beyond the introduction, though, was much better.

Oct 10th
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Oct 8th
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Mark Russell

Exodus? Still waiting. Yearning a bit. Hope you are well.

Oct 6th
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John D

89% in compassion but promoting and adopting carnivore diet??? Seems contradictory to me. maybe the test results aren't that accurate

Oct 5th
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Mark Russell

I believe that Jordan promised us Exodus.

Sep 26th
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nathan keith

Great episode!

Sep 25th
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Mark Russell

Still waiting for Exodus.

Sep 22nd
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stuart low

Bolshie has nothing to do with the Bolsheviks. It is more like the Russian word for big. It means in Scottish 'To act big or courageous'.

Sep 20th
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Mark Russell

Still waiting.

Sep 20th
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