Lectures on Personality by Jordan Peterson—#2 Mythological Representations

I’m hopelessly addicted to Jordan Peterson’s lectures. What follows is a distillation of some of the ideas that I’m hearing from him, and I can in no way take credit for any of these ideas. My way of processing information is to listen, take notes, and internalize the content. My goal is to be able to intelligently summarize these ideas for other people in conversation.  Continue reading “Lectures on Personality by Jordan Peterson—#2 Mythological Representations”

Truths & Symbolism in Judaism & Christianity

“It’s not an easy thing to live in a truthful manner, but the alternative is hell.” —Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, author of “Maps of Meaning“, likes to retell old stories. It seems that the overarching objective of many of his interviews and lectures is to provide modern people with a more robust interpretation and deeper understanding of these stories so that they can be practically applied to each person’s life rather than dismissed as “silly” or “irrelevant”. In a sense, he is trying to draw out a map for people to navigate their “being” in the world.

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The 10 Commandments of Epistemology

Be better at having discussions with people that have ideas different from your own.

I’ve made the plunge and I purchased the Atheos app. I highly recommend you do so as well if you are a lover of knowledge and would like to be better at having discussions with people that have ideas that differ from your own. While the app mostly applies to having discussions about religion, I’ve found myself using the method for navigating political/social issues too. In summary, here are the themes, or “10 commandments” of Epistemology. Continue reading “The 10 Commandments of Epistemology”

Minimalism

Does it bring me joy?

I stumbled across a movement called minimalism this week, and it has really struck a chord. In some ways I have always been a minimalist. However, it’s not an idea that I had formally considered, so I haven’t fully incorporated it into all areas of my life. I think it’s time, now.

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“If you wish to strive for peace of soul and happiness, then believe; if you wish to be a disciple of truth, then inquire.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Perhaps belief is something that usually comes from inquiry, but it has a “softness” about it. It still implies a hint of uncertainty or unprovability. If you’ve followed a robust line of inquiry, one should be able to say “I know… ” at the end of it. If you are not yet able to say “I know… ” Then you just need to keep after the inquiry. “Belief” feels like resignation or acceptance… like “Well, I’m never going to know this for sure, but I’ll settle for belief and be happy with that”.

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2015 – Age 30

“Reveal the child and all your biases, because out of that, the truth comes.” –Adam Savage

The previous year I had purchased a beautiful leather-bound journal, and only wrote in it for two years. Here are excerpts from my journaling efforts this year. It’s not long after this that I officially adopted this online blog instead, preferring it’s flexibility in expressing my thoughts. Continue reading “2015 – Age 30”