Video Creator’s Channel Jordan B Peterson
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see all of you here in this amazing room so well. I hope we have a an interesting and engaging time tonight that’s the plan I’ve got. I have a lecture planned so it’s got a strange title. It’s not that exciting really. The first part of it is the socialization of the value hierarchy and the second is um and the estimation of the magnitude of error it’s like you wouldn’t think you’d come and sit in here to listen to that talk really would you.
Im Not Sure I Would But
but it is interesting. It’s it’s a very very interesting problem. and here here’s part of what the problem is the part of the problem. I’m trying to solve part is part of it is how is your emotional stability tied up with your social identity. That’s a really important question and and I I think it might be the central question that I’ve been pursuing my entire my As long as I’ve been able to think intellectually that might be the problem that I’ve been pursuing because one of the things I’ve been interested in is why is it that people are so committed to their group identity.
Lets Say Or Their Or Their
group beliefs that they will well. Let’s say go to war to protect them or to spread them or that they will commit atrocities hypothetically in defense of them. So it’s a very interesting problem. you know because people when when people think about the motivation for war. For example, they often attribute it to economic causes and that just never struck me as as plausible.
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Sometimes Its Plausible But Um Its Not.
It’s not a deep solution as far. As I’m concerned it’s more psychological it’s our beliefs are important to us and what does it mean well? There’s a lot of questions there. What do you mean by belief exactly um. You know Physicists generally don’t go to war over their belief in one physical theory over another.
So It Cant Be Just As Simple
as belief. It has to be more complicated than that and and and and and people are committed to their beliefs too and it and it isn’t obvious what commitment means and so those are the things that I’ve been trying to unpack What does it mean to have a belief and what does it mean? How does it? How does it? How does it? Why is it important to you, why is it crucial to you. There’s something associated deeply there’s a deep association between belief and value and so then. That brings up another question what exactly do you mean by value? So that’s that’s three hard questions and so that’s part of it and then so that’s the value hierarchy question part of it and and then the error magnitude problem is um well. Let’s say let’s say you go to a party and you tell a joke and you know you think it’s pretty funny joke and you tell your joke and no one laughs and in fact they look at you like you’re rather odd, and then the question is well how how should you respond to that like what exactly does that indicate about you.
I Mean Does It Indicate A Minor Flaw
in an otherwise stellar personality because that’s a possibility or does it mean that like you’re a creep right and maybe right down to the core and you know you could even you. Could even think the less that you think that it means that you’re a creep the more likely. It is that you are one so but you know it’s it’s very hard to estimate the magnitude of an error. We have how upset should you get when something that you don’t want to happen happens and it’s very very hard to figure that out if you wake up in the morning and you know you have a pain say in your side um or you’re not feeling particularly well it’s like well how upset should you get about that and one answer is well like maybe you’re gonna die in three months. You know maybe that’s the beginning of pancreatic cancer and that’s the end of you and so maybe you should just be terrified into paralysis.
When You Have A Pain That
you can’t explain or maybe you should. Just brush it off and think well. You know I’ll get up and do what I usually do and it’s probably nothing and sometimes you’re right with the it’s probably nothing approach and sometimes if you don’t go to the physician right away because you have some relatively trivial pain, then you’re dead and so this problem of estimating magnitude of error importance of error is it’s unbelievably it’s unbelievably difficult problem and so I want to address both of those problems at the same time tonight so that’s the plan so we’ll see how that goes so and then I I want to weave in there one more thing which is this this relationship between your own psychological structure, whatever that happens to be your own value hierarchy. Because there’s there’s a very tight relationship between your value hierarchy and your psychological structure, which is why hierarchies by the. way which are necessary which is part of the point I was trying to make say in rule one in twelve rules for life.
When I Talked About Hierarchies, Theres
no getting away from hierarchies. As a hierarchy is a structure that tells you that one thing takes precedence over another that one thing is more important than another right and if everything is of equal import, then nothing is more important than anything else by definition and then well, what should you do and the answer is well. You can’t tell because nothing is any more important than anything else and the definition of important fundamentally is something like that which you should do first you know that constitutes importance um that’s also something that’s relevant. I would say too because um a lot of the way that we look at the world is as a place to we. look at the world as a place in which to act and we make a lot of judgments about the nature of the world in terms of how we should structure our action.
In Fact, The Theory That I
am putting forth in general is a theory that’s predicated on the notion that the essential way that we look at the world is as if it’s a forum of action like a dramatic forum like a story that that that’s a good way of thinking about it that we really do view ourselves and our place in the world as a story that’s set in a lan in a narrative landscape and you know you might argue that that’s not the case you could say with that viewpoint. For example, has been superseded by a scientific viewpoint, but it isn’t obvious to me that that’s the case and it certainly. Isn’t it’s certainly not the case that we act that way and it’s certainly not the case that we structure our political systems that way, and it’s certainly not the case that we treat each other that way or that we think that way or that we react emotionally that way and so that’s a lot and you know it’s also the case that the other thing that’s worth thinking about in this regard is you know we’ve only been thinking about the world as an objective place for 500 years, something like that. I mean, maybe you could chase it back to the ancient Greeks and go back 2 000 years but whatever from a from from a historical perspective, 500 years or 200 years is the same amount of time and it’s a tiny fraction of the amount of time that living creatures that were approximately like us. have been around so we got along fine without thinking about the world as an objective place for a very very long time We survived and here we are it doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea, but it it does imply that there are other ways of looking at the world that are highly functional and that have been conserved for well for let’s say for evolutionary reasons and so you know if you make the case which you might that what you evolve to match is reality at least you match it well enough so that reality doesn’t kill you, which is more or less the definition of evolution.
If You Evolve To Match Reality In Some
sense and the manner in which you evolve predisposes you to view the world as if it’s a narrative of sorts, then possibly the world is a narrative of sorts at least. In so far as it concerns you now what that means metaphysically? I don’t know but that’s okay because who knows anything metaphysically virtually by definition, what’s metaphysical is beyond What you know you can speculate but and and and and so you know I would speculate that there is something narrative about the structure of the world, but it doesn’t matter. We don’t have to go down that route. We can we can just think about this practically so the first thing. I want to tell you about that I think is really important to lay out.
The Structure Of This Argument Is Something
about the relationship between perception and emotion and motivation, and this is actually pretty simple and but people don’t know it and I guess it’s simple in the way that complex things are simple. When you think them through for a very long time and understand them and then can finally lay them out you know in some manner that’s rather let’s say clear because you understand them. I I derived a fair bit of this information from a book called the neuropsychology of anxiety by a man named Jeffrey Gray, who I think was one of the two greatest neuropsychologists of the 20th century two or three and that his neuropsychology of anxiety, which is on my list of recommended books by the way on my website. It’s a really hard book like it’s like and I mean it’s a it. took me like it took me like six months to read that book and all of it was painful and the reason for that was well.
You Know Book Books Are Interesting Some
some aren’t um um often I um dog-ear the pages of books that I’m reading if I find a line or something you know that I’d like to remember that I think is important and you know. I have some books on my shelves that like pages are dog-eared double because there was a really amazing thought on one page and there was a really amazing thought on another on the other page right you know the facing page and so the whole damn thing is just nothing but dog ears and then there’s other books where there’s zero um when I read Nietzsche. For example, There was lots of dog ears on beyond good and evil, which is a great book and Nietzsche Actually he came up with the most arrogant statement Anybody ever made about about himself as an author which is really quite impressive to to come up with the most arrogant statement. You know that’s really something and he was he was great at coming up with one-liners philosophical one-liners he said um I can write in a sentence, what other people what it takes other people a book to write and then he said no they know that they can’t even write in a book so that’s pretty.
The first part of it is the socialization of the value hierarchy and the second is the estimation of the magnitude of error it’s like you wouldn’t think you’d come and sit in here to listen to that talk really would you.& I hope we have a an interesting and engaging time tonight that’s the plan I’ve got. I’ve been interested in why is it that people are so committed to their group identity that they will go to war to protect them or to spread them or they will commit atrocities hypothetically in defense of them.& So it’s not a deep solution as far. As I’m concerned it’s more psychological, it’s our beliefs are important to us and what does it mean well? There’s a lot of questions there. I think it might be the central question that I’m pursuing my entire my As long as I’ve been able to think intellectually that may be the problem that might be a problem that I have been pursuing that.&…. Click here to read more and watch the full video