What Sam Harris was missing re: Jordan Peterson and “What is true?”
“One thing that will be interesting for me is if anyone can point out to me what I am missing about your argument thus far, ’cause you are reacting to me like there is something you are saying that makes sense, that I’m not seeing, that does actually nullify the import of the kinds of ‘toy examples’ I have been putting forward, and I don’t see it.” Such was the way in which neuroscientist and author Sam Harris summed-up his January 21, 2017 conversation with University of Toronto clinical psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson. The following sets out what I believe Harris was missing (and what Peterson was not making explicit), in the hope that Harris and Peterson can, with a better understanding of each other’s assumptions, continue what promised to be an interesting conversation. Read the story »
Fine Dining: U.S. Presidential Election Bickering 101
Guest #1: “People who eat poached egg whites are evil, because poached egg whites are sugarless. I’m no fan of celery – god knows I’ve lost so much weight eating celery that I’m almost a skeleton – but I’ll die of starvation before I eat sugarless food. I’ll take the celery”.
Guest #2: “It’s not as though celery is sugary. I think we both could use some protein in our diets. I mean: look at us. We’re shadows of our former selves. People who choose celery over poached egg whites are stupid. I’ll take the poached egg whites”.
Guest #3: “Seeing as I’m the only one of us three who brought any money to this joint, just gimme the usual: the bill.”
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Whoever loses, I will never forget: it was the lawyer’s fault. It was the lawyer’s fault that the legislators drafted the Code the way they did. It was the lawyer’s fault that the judge/jury interpreted the law they way they did. It was the lawyer’s fault that witnesses lied, or had a bad recollection or inconsistent testimony. It was the lawyer’s fault that there was no evidence, or that the judge allowed something into evidence, or refused to do so. Whatever I do, I will be sure to reject the idea that…justice prevailed.
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