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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 6, 2018

In recent years, Jordan B. Peterson has emerged from relative obscurity as a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto to prominence as a pop psychologist and public intellectual. Published in 1999, Mr. Peterson’s “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief” suggested that ancient myths and religious faith could mitigate social conflict by helping people “develop and implement a universal system of morality.” When Mr. Peterson presented this thesis, along with a critique of modern liberal culture and a mental health improvement program, on YouTube and a 13-part public television series, he attracted millions of followers. He became an anti-”political correctness” rock star in 2016, when he opposed legislation in Canada that added “gender and identity expression” to a list of grounds on which allegations of discrimination could be based.


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