Canadian psychologist takes on the howling post-modern void, largely alone
|February 8, 2018||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, Psychology, Science|
From Denyse O’Leary at MercatorNet: Unhinged criticism of the man has obscured the merits of his book:
Professor Jordan Peterson, author of the top-selling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is beginning to look weary in the face of the waves of hatred he has endured recently. Two years ago, he was almost unknown outside his field. A Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology (University of Toronto), he is author of over 100 papers in his specialities, the psychology of religious and ideological belief and personality theory. His principal work, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (1999), was a well-received tome. He taught at Harvard before being awarded tenure at the University of Toronto.
So how do we account for the fact that Peterson has also been targeted in Canadian media in a way that seems, quite honestly, unhinged: “the stupid man’s smart person?” (Maclean’s 2017); “The Professor of Piffle” (Walrus 2017); a faintly flickering intellect (Globe and Mail 2018). Some in academia are actively seeking to get him terminated. Few detractors seem to grapple with what he says or care to. As a longtime news writer, I don’t recall seeing anything like it. Some explanation is in order, one that includes a consideration of his recent best-selling book, 12 Rules for Life. More.
Prediction: This high-profile unhingedness about any disagreement (not just ID) will spread into the harder sciences now, as intersectionality takes hold. The science establishment , with no truth it cares to uphold, will be paralyzed by fear, rendering up the demanded victims to satisfy the growing monster.
See also: Journal Nature: Stuck with a battle it dare not fight, even for the soul of science
Can science survive long in a post-modern world? It’s not clear.