Caren and Doug talk over the controversy that has launched Dr. Jordan Peterson, a University of Toronto Clinical Psychologist, to international celebrity. Some of his ideas on the biological basis of gender, the respective roles and inclinations of women and men, and his resistance to the radical Left have provoked a firestorm.
After our epigraph, W.B. Yeats’ great poem “Sailing to Byzantium,” we step back a bit to look at the controversy and what it says about the polarized state of our culture. We also talk through some of his foundational claims.
Next week, we will delve into his new bestselling book, 12 Rules for Life.
Here is the interview of Cathy Newman of Britain’s Channel 4 that sent things viral.
If you’d like Peterson’s overview of 12 Rules for Life (and haven’t gotten the book yet), watch this: