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Jordan Peterson: Creativity vs. Conscientiousness (youtube.com)
5 points by JabavuAdams on May 28, 2017 | hide | past | favorite | 2 comments

The "deal" that Jordan Peterson makes with you if you accept his "pitch" loosely is: "if you find your psyche's blind-spots, and work on those underdeveloped components of your inner self, you will gain control of your life. [also, that people build their self-image on top of unsound moral foundations; postmodernism, belief in utopia, demonizing hierarchy, ...]"

I find Peterson's thinking easy to listen to, but I wanted to figure out "OK, but this guy seems kinda.. slick?.. and if this all makes sense and sounds fairly easy, why does it sound too-good-to-be-true? What's the catch?" Detangling charisma from the contents, etc.

So, in that same spirit of seeking difficult blind spots, I liked this video [0] that gives an interesting critique (both agree/disagreement) perspective of Peterson's approach. Admittedly, the part where Lain compares the bodycounts of communism to capitalism is kinda weak because it's an appeal to hypocrisy. It doesn't matter too much because Lain explains that Peterson's understanding of Marxism prevents him from seeing it as anything but an oppression fetish.

The important part is the description of capitalist realism. It's the idea that capitalism is itself normalized to the point that it becomes a massive blind spot which, like a propagating 'meme', distorts the ideas of what is possible. Reading the book Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher (only 80 pgs) changed my life, for what it's worth. Public PDF here if you want to check it out [1].

[0] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGld3FbDY6s

[1] https://libcom.org/files/Capitalist%20Realism_%20Is%20There%...

Thanks! Will check those out.

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