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He has open, free video lectures that cover an entire 4 year cirruculum of a physics degree in his personal website called Theoritical Minimum.
Netflix has a new release about him, named "The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man."
 - Many others were involved, but I know the most about his contributions.
Tim Ferriss: https://tim.blog/2015/11/22/will-macaskill/
Sam Harris: https://samharris.org/podcasts/being-good-and-doing-good/
Joe Rogan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buyBzK5yM-s
Also, short Economist article on EA: https://www.economist.com/international/2018/06/02/can-effec...
The amount of high quality work he does, all the while being positive, cheerful and friendly is a trait to imbibe and admire.
I am privileged to have him as a mentor, friend, philosopher and guide.
I've met Sam Altman briefly last year. His involvement with YC the past several years and co-founding OpenAI have directly and indirectly touched thousands of jobs.
I've also met Michael Seibel. His involvement with YC the past several years has directly and indirectly touched thousands of jobs. His co-founding of Junstin.tv allowed it to exist, it is now evolved into twitch.tv which has allowed some creators and gamers to actually earn a living streaming and has created tons of micro-communities for video games and table top fans to both play and watch.
Aside from them, I don't really know (nor have I met) anyone else that I feel has directly and indirectly had as much of an impact on society as those two although...
I have very casually known, but never met, Kate Bornstein since our mutual participation in the Save Caprica campaign. She's certainly been a bastion of hope for many LGBT persons. She's semi-active on various social media. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Bornstein
Andrei is quite amazing to me...
Clearly capable of writing code that is wonderful... and incomprehensible to mortal man.... but wonderfully focused on not doing that.
On making it comprehensible, and producing facilities that are friendly and nice and doing so with a kindly attitude.
Kent, in addition to the stuff he has done on the TDD front... https://www.infoq.com/presentations/self-image/
He is very positive about the changes of the last (100) years.
Bill Gates is one of those people who contributed a lot to these positive changes.
 ISBN: 978-12-50-12381-7
Mad world: It is ok for the US president to pay prostitutes, restrict sex-redistributing websites and it is ok for the first lady to sell body. What is not ok is to advocate more liberal sex policies for scientists.
However in terms of bringing awareness, optimism, and a willingness to actively work on engineering solutions to long-term existential threats to humanity I think his impact on our culture is often understated.
So you're saying that people having different opinion on politics, gender, identity can't have a positive impact on someones life?
Downvoting someone just because he or she was moved by a person you don't like doesn't make you right.
And the debate about whether he is, or is not a pseudo intellectual has nothing to do with this. You don't have to be an intellectual to help others. To have a positive impact on people.
I love how people always think that positive impact comes from technology, or science. Yes, these things make our lives better, but does it help when people are immoral, corrupt and disregard their fellow human beings?
Someone wrote Steve Jobs in the comments. Coming up with better consumer electronics and then ruthlessly keeping prices high and boxing the consumer in their company ecosystem is not helpful to society. Will I downvote the guy? No.
This happens for people on both sides of the divide. Look at the comments on any potentially controversial academic discussion and the phrase pseudo intellectual comes up an awful lot.
Now, I can't imagine both sides of a debate contain only psuedo intellectuals. Nor can I reasonably say I think the entire of Academia is filled with only so-called psuedo intellectuals.
So how do you delineate who is an actual intellectual vs. who is a psuedo intellectual?
What is your criteria? What is the criteria in general?
Because it seems to me this phenomenon manifests when people either disagree with or dislike an academics conclusions. As such I completely discount the opinion of anyone willing to use the phrase psuedo intellectual.
As for whether I dislike his ideas, I can't really get too worked up about most of what he says. It's sort of trite and he seems to have a very mildy authoritarian personality and his views on gender seem to be pretty unimaginative, but this is true about a lot of people. He seems to have some helpful advice for young people (take responsibility for yourself, etc.) that some people say they really need to hear, so it's not all bad. But at the same time, he's also a charlatan when he talks about political theory.
Most of our models of things are hopelessly low resolution cartoon versions of the real thing, yet we feel like because we know what something is, perhaps how to operate it, and perhaps where/how to acquire it then we feel like we can explain it in much greater detail than we actually can. This is the so-called Illusion of Explanatory Depth.
I don't personally know if his models of Postmodernism and Marxism are ultra-low, low, medium, high or ultra-high resolution, but I would venture to say a well read University professor on the world stage talking about these Philosophies on a regular basis has at least read Derrida, Foucault, Marx and other primary sources. I'd be very surprised if he hadn't and if you could point to a an admission from him that would be appreciated.
For me, I came to learn about these ideas from him. His firebrand, sky-is-falling style of Rhetoric made it fun to listen to and ultimately I thought well I didn't understand it very well after listening to him for an hour, but I came away with a feeling it's important to dig deeper and do more investigation. I went away and got an alternative explanation of Postmodernism from Stephen Hicks who I thought explained it a lot better and clearer and I enjoyed watching that. I watched Thad Russell get into Postmodernism with Joe Rogan to hear it more from the Postmodernist side.
Ultimately a good professor sparks interest and debate and inspires people to get interested and learn. Peterson did that for me. I didn't necessarily take his version of things and just run with it but he made my ears prick up and he made me pay attention. I think that's really valuable.
Now the most legit criticism of Peterson is that whacky ancient snake paintings == DNA thing and he's justifying that belief purely just because he wants to and because an anthropologist got high on Ayahuasca, tripped balls and wrote a book. I'd expect more from an academic but hey... We're all human. Gotta take the good with the bad.
Edit: To all the people that cowardly down voting me: I also like Heather Mac Donald and Ben Shapiro.