2017 Maps of Meaning 01: Context and Background
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.
2017 Maps of Meaning 02: Marionettes & Individuals (Part 1)
2017 Maps of Meaning 03: Marionettes and Individuals (Part 2)
2017 Maps of Meaning 04: Marionettes and Individuals (Part 3)
Why Reading Decreases Happiness - Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson Interview with Patrick Bet-David. In this short clip these two thought leaders discuss how being a life long learner hinders happiness.
Jordan Peterson Opens Up About Absence & Life Beyond Order
Biblical Series I: Introduction to the Idea of God
Lecture I in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series from May 16th at Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. In this lecture, I describe what I consider to be the idea of God, which is at least partly the notion of sovereignty and power, divorced from any concrete sovereign or particular, individual person of power. I also suggest that God, as Father, is something akin to the spirit or pattern inherent in the human hierarchy of authority, which is based in turn on the dominance hierarchies characterizing animals.