DiscoverThe Jordan B. Peterson Podcast52 - Munk Debate - Political Correctness
52 - Munk Debate - Political Correctness

52 - Munk Debate - Political Correctness

Update: 2018-06-1113


The resolution? "What you call political correctness, I call progress…" On May 18th, the redoubtable Stephen Fry (self-admitted soft leftie) and I debated the duo of academic, author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson ( and blogger/author Michelle Goldberg (
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63 - Sir Roger Scruton
A conversation between Dr. Jordan Peterson and Sir Roger Scruton, moderated by Dr. Stephen Blackwood, introduced by Professor Douglas Hedley, presented by The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism and Ralston College, held on Nov 2, 2018 in Cambridge, England. God willing (so to speak) I will be staying in Cambridge in October and November talking with the faculty at the Divinity School there about the book of Exodus prior to releasing a new series of videos about that biblical saga. --- GUEST LINKS --- Sir Roger Scruton Books: Professor Douglas Hedley (who looks every bit the part he is playing): Dr. Stephen Blackwood and Ralston College: SUPPORT THIS PODCAST --- BOOKS ---12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: LINKS ---Website: Rules for Life Tour: List: PRODUCTS ---Self Authoring Suite: Myself personality test:

63 - Sir Roger Scruton


61 - January 2019 Q & A
Happy New Year. This is the first of this year's Q and A's. I am going to answer audience questions, as usual, as well as discussing my next book, my impending departure from Patreon, and my upcoming tour to Switzerland, California, Australia and New Zealand.If you were a Patreon subscriber and wish to continue with your support, then you can switch to 50% discount coupon for the Future Authoring program ( can be used at coupon code NY2019See you in a month.Announcements][1] 0:01:14 – Leaving Patreon in protest of recent banning of Carl Benjamin from the platform[2] 0:03:24 – Working on new book, tentatively titled: “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life”. List of rules included (see below). Estimated publication in Jan 2020.[3] 0:06:00 – Upcoming locations for 12 Rules Tour: Zurich, Australia, New Zealand[4] 0:06:53 – Podcast release coming up with General Stanley McChrystal on his new book “Leaders: Myth and Reality”[5] 0:07:30 – Recap of 2018, 50% discount on Future Authoring program0:12:30 – (Q#1) Can you talk about your own experiences / methods for “shadow integration”?0:25:28 – (Q#2) How can I help my parents to sort themselves out? How can I talk about the resentment of my childhood in a way that benefits them instead of giving them guilt?0:39:47 – (Q#3) It took me 7 months, but I completed the Self Authoring Suite. I'm still not motivated to do anything and waste all of my time. What do I do?0:47:31 – (Q#4) I’m consumed by envy. I can hardly stand to read, watch, or listen to anyone more successful than myself. How am I aiming wrong?0:55:38 – (Q#5) How would you advise a person who has the courage to defy the crowd but doesn’t have the verbal skills to debate in real time?1:01:01 – (Q#6) The Tao Te Ching speaks of acting naturally. How is one to change and better their condition without unnaturally manipulating their world?1:07:02 – Q&A disrupted by a puppy rolling a bone upstairs   ^_^1:10:34 – (Q#7) I agree we don’t live in a tyrannical patriarchy. Can you provide a better explanation for the iniquities women faced, especially the delay in voting rights?1:17:45 – (Q#8) You have talked about earning your knowledge. How do you define this? When is it okay to debate ideas like yours if they are not your own?1:23:45– (Q#9) Have you ever considered having a debate with Slavoj Zizek? *1:24:59– (Q#10) How do you maintain a stable identity when you are plagued by bouts of depression and anxiety?1:33:51– (Q#11) How are you always so consistently composed and confident?1:40:22 – (Q#12) How do you manage to read so much?1:45:35 – (Q#13) There are many drug-addicted and homeless people in my city, and it keeps getting worse. How do you help people who don’t want to be helped?1:48:43 – (Q#14) How do I stop ruminating? These thoughts are recurring and relate to any and every embarrassing moment I’ve had (I’m a 76-year-old woman)1:51:16 – (Q#15) What’s the best method to retain what you read and be able to use it in conversation?1:53:54 – (Q#16) I just found out that’s I’m having a girl. How can I raise her to think for herself and not fall into the modes of thinking proposed by popular culture?Additional relevant links: Website: Rules for Life Tour: Dates, Cities and Venues: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: List: Authoring Suite: Myself personality test: this channel:

61 - January 2019 Q & A


60 -  Femsplainers with Christina Hoff Sommers and Danielle Crittenden
On December 13, 2018, I was a guest on Femsplainers with Christina Hoff Sommers and Danielle Crittenden. We discussed, among other topics, the secrets of a long marriage, the problems with dating apps, how to handle a belligerent toddler, and the motivation of my radical feminist critics. Femsplainers ( is “the gossipy, smart, witty conversation you’d have if all of your girlfriends (and some of your guy friends too!) were experts on the hot topics of the moment. High spirited and high minded, we don’t argue or whine but seek to get to the heart of the matter, over cocktails (or wine).” We taped in front of a live audience at AEI, the American Enterprise Institute ( Hoff Sommers is the author of Who Stole Feminism? ( and The War Against Boys ( (a NY Times Notable Book of the Year) as well as Freedom Feminism ( , One Nation Under Therapy ( (with Dr. S. Satel), and The Science on Women in Science ( She is resident scholar at AEI, studying the politics of gender and feminism, as well as free expression, due process, and the preservation of liberty in the academy. She has written for The Journal of Philosophy, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Wall Street Journal, The NY Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, The Daily Beast, and The Atlantic, and is host of the popular video blog, The Factual Feminist. Ms. Crittenden is the author of What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us (, a novel, AmandaBright@Home ( (the first modern work of fiction serialized in the Wall Street Journal) and a cookbook, From a Polish Country House Kitchen ( Pulitzer-prize winner Anne Applebaum). She is a contributing editor to the Huffington Post, and has published in the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, the Washington Post, and the Daily Telegraph. A former columnist for the New York Post, Ms. Crittendon has appeared on NBC’s Today show as well as CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, CNN, and NPR. For more videos from Christina Hoff Sommers and the rest of AEI’s scholars, subscribe to their YouTube channel: NOTE: AEI operates independently of any political party and does not take institutional positions on any issues. AEI scholars, fellows, and their guests frequently take positions on policy and other issues. When they do, they speak for themselves and not for AEI or its trustees or other scholars or employees. More information on AEI research integrity can be found here: Additional relevant links:My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: Rules for Life Tour: Dates, Cities, and Venues: first book: Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: Jordan B Peterson Website: Authoring Suite: Myself personality test: List: this podcast:
59 - Bjørn Lomborg
I spoke December 7, 2018 with Bjørn Lomborg, author and President of Copenhagen Consensus Center, a singularly innovative and influential US-based think tank. Mr. Lomborg and his team have done the hard conceptual and empirical work necessary to turn good intentions for global improvement into implementable and economically efficient strategies. That's really saying something. They have, among other things, analyzed the UN Millenial goals (169 of them, which is far too many), prioritizing and rank-ordering them in terms of practical implementability and costs and benefits. Those who claim to truly care about the world's dispossessed could do far worse than to study the work of Lomborg. Relevant links re: Lomborg: One-page overview of rank-ordered developmental goals: A collection of articles outlining the most appropriate targets for education, health, gender, infrastructure, etc. Where should we focus: Lomborg's commentary in Times of India: The top 19 targets for world development: TED talks: On prioritization: On the cost of global problems: (also a book: yourself smart and informed on climate and other issues of sustainability and development: Cool It: Film: climate economists and 3 Nobel Laureates examine where a dollar can do the climate the most good: Paris Accord: Minimal outcome, $1.2 trillion cost ( explained in a short video: to make government smarter (with the specific example of recent developments in Bangladesh): relevant links (JB Peterson):My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: Rules for Life Tour: Dates, Cities, and Venues: first book: Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: Jordan B Peterson Website: Authoring Suite: Myself personality test: List:

59 - Bjørn Lomborg


58 - October 2018 Q & A
Preorder The Gulag Archipelago: 50th Anniversary:[1] 0:01:23 – Release of 50th Anniversary version of The Gulag Archipelago with a forward written by JBP[2] 0:03:11 – Finalized deal for next book “12 More Rules: Beyond Mere Order”[3] 0:04:11 – ‘12 Rules’ tour plans for the next year0:07:39 – (Q#1) Any advice for young a young counselor soon to finish his degree? What do you wish you knew as a therapist?0:15:28 – (Q#2) Procrastination and instant gratification rule me. Nothing seems to motivate me. What do I do?0:23:58 – (Q#3) What do you think the feminine hero journey is? Do females have their own archetypal story?0:28:13 – (Q#4) You caught some Twitter flak for your comment on Brett Kavanaugh. Care to address your comment and the blow back? 0:39:38 – (Q#5) I took your Understand Myself personality test. Should I take the results as they are and live trying to cope with them, or can I try to change them to some degree?0:47:18 – (Q#6) My daughter’s school is now teaching gender as a social construct. What do we do? Leaving is not an option.0:54:49 – (Q#7) Would you consider adding a list of recommended movies to your site?0:55:20 – (Q#8) Can the Understand Myself or other Big Five Tests be retaken after some time (1-2 years?)0:58:41– (Q#9) Would you like doing a podcast with Elon Musk?1:00:21– (Q#10) How do you fight a monster without becoming one yourself?1:08:31– (Q#11) Canada has legalized marijuana. What are your thoughts?1:12:45 – (Q#12) Do you have any advice on how to vet a potential marriage partner during the dating phase?1:19:17 – (Q#13) You said you act as if God exists. Do you also act as if the devil exists?European tour: you all for joining me tonight, and for all the past and present support.20% Discount code for October20% Discount code for OctoberSelfauthoring is a set of four online writing programs, designed to help people catch up with their past, understand their present personality and situation, and envision and plan a better future.Understandmyself is a reliable, valid, modern personality test.Additional relevant links:My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: Rules for Life Tour: Dates, Cities and Venues: first book: Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: Jordan B Peterson Website: Authoring Suite: Myself personality test: List:

58 - October 2018 Q & A


56 - Gregg Hurwitz - An Invitation to the Intellectual Dark Web
I spoke today with author Gregg Hurwitz (more information about him below). Hurwitz is currently working to rebrand the Democratic party, working to produce an issues-oriented, anti-corruption, practical mainstream narrative and to identify promising Democratic candidates who can hold their own in long form political discussions. This is all in an attempt to end the dangerous polarization and concentration on ever more extreme ideology that seems to be destabilizing political discussion. The video is in large part an invitation to the long-form discussion providers of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web to engage with such candidates, so that the public can see beyond the sound bites and spin and impression management and message crafting that has become an integral but pathological part of our traditional low-bandwidth media communication technology. Let's see if we can find political candidates who can shine in a three hour discussion. We're done with the oversimplifications of the traditional media forms. Background: Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times, #1 internationally bestselling author of 20 thrillers, including OUT OF THE DARK (2019), and two award-winning thriller novels for teens. His novels have won numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages. Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults. Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard and a master’s from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy, he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting exploits, and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox fellow. He has increasingly turned his attention to the political sphere, in an effort to end polarizing discourse: Rebranding the entire Democratic partyWorking with a number of candidates and entities, from senators to the DNC/DCCC/DLCCEffort to get away from gridlock and into solutionsMy new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: now available for Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: Jordan B Peterson Website: Authoring Suite: Myself personality test: List:
55 - August 2018 Q & A
Every month (or as close as I can get), I answer questions from the generous people who support me on Patreon. This is the Patreon Q & A from August 2018.0:00:57 – Announcements0:06:33 – (Q#1) How are you?0:12:04 – (Q#2) What can a too-agreeable young woman do to be more disagreeable and assertive if that isn’t how she is temperamentally inclined0:17:52 – (Q#3) How do you know if you’re communicating with the actual person or a mask? Can you ever really know someone?0:19:45 – (Q#4) What new wisdom have you acquired in the past few months?0:33:24 – (Q#5) If too much masculinity is tyranny but the right amount is order, and too much femininity is chaos, what’s the word for the right amount of femininity?0:34:48 – (Q#6) Is it better to marry someone with your temperament or a contrasting, complementary temperament?0:37:54 – (Q#7) It seems like your message is primarily positive-masculine, whereas the positive-feminine is not elaborated with near the same resolution. What do you think?0:42:52 – (Q#8) I’m quite shy and when asked questions in public I find it hard to articulate a good answer but will come up with a strong response hours or days later. Any advice?0:44:21– (Q#9) What causes a person to hoard?0:45:53– (Q#10) Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into?0:46:23– (Q#11) What's your take on an astrological basis for significant dates in religious stories? Ex. the notion that Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun.0:48:09 – (Q#12) My brother (29) is sick at home with burnout; he’s a perfectionist and has anxiety and trouble dealing with stress. How can I help him become stronger?0:50:20 – (Q#13) How do you dress so well? Any tips?0:53:47 – (Q#14) You have written an article on how to write. Can you do the same on how to speak?1:01:48 – (Q#15) Thoughts on the Eastern idea of moving away from excessive thinking into the awareness beyond thinking.1:09:29 – (Q#16) If he who is invited to the largest possible number of games is also the person that goes to conquer the unknown, could this lie in reciprocal altruism?1:12:41 – (Q#17) Please confirm if your Harry Potter Patronus would a be frog1:13:48 – (Q#18) I scored exceptionally low on conscientiousness, industriousness, and orderliness. What can I do for motivation?1:15:34 – (Q#19) What do you think about Alice Miller and her thesis that most psychological diseases and aberrant behaviour are the result of childhood trauma?1:18:07 – (Q#20) What if the truth could unravel your entire life?1:19:38 – (Q#21) I think what put you over with so many of us is the constructive message of how to be a good person. Do you think that’s where the media want you to go?1:23:46 – (Q#22) Would you agree with CS. Lewis that "if you look for truth, you may find comfort; if you look for comfort, you will find despair"Recommended Book:Aion: Researches Into the Phenomenology of the Self – Carl JungSelfAuthoring Code: AugustUnderstandMyself Code: AugustI have created a 20% discount code that works for each program: and The former is a writing program, to help you sort out your past, present and future; the latter a personality test that offers you a Big Five profile with each of the traits broken into their two aspects.Information on my upcoming tour continuation (US, UK, Northern Europe: Authoring Suite: Myself personality test:

55 - August 2018 Q & A


50 - Dr. Richard Haier: The Neuroscience of Intelligence
There is almost nothing more important to understand about people than intelligence. It can be measured more accurately than anything else in the social sciences. It differs tremendously and importantly between individuals. It is the single most important determinant of life success. It's very existence, however, remains subject to substantive debate, most of it highly politicized. Dr. Richard Haier has recently written a major book on the topic, The Neuroscience of Intelligence (, summarized in the following manner: "This book introduces new and provocative neuroscience research that advances our understanding of intelligence and the brain. Compelling evidence shows that genetics plays a more important role than environment as intelligence develops from childhood, and that intelligence test scores correspond strongly to specific features of the brain assessed with neuroimaging. In understandable language, Richard J. Haier explains cutting-edge techniques based on genetics, DNA, and imaging of brain connectivity and function. He dispels common misconceptions, such as the belief that IQ tests are biased or meaningless, and debunks simple interventions alleged to increase intelligence. " We recently spent an hour and a half talking about such things. For more information about Dr. Haier, see: Rules for Life Tour: new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: now available for Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: Jordan B Peterson Website: Authoring Suite: Myself personality test: List:
49 - Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now
I spoke with Harvard's Dr. Steven Pinker about the immense improvements in human living conditions that are now happening with amazing speed almost everywhere in the world -- as detailed in his new book, Enlightenment Now! ( -- a careful, clear-headed and data-driven defense of the rational/scientific worldview that helped make such improvement possible).Dr. Pinker grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including: The Language Instinct (, How the Mind Works (, The Blank Slate (, The Better Angels of Our Nature (, and The Sense of Style ( is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications.12 Rules for Life Tour: new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: now available for Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief: Jordan B Peterson Website: Authoring Suite: Myself personality test: List:
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52 - Munk Debate - Political Correctness

52 - Munk Debate - Political Correctness