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« on: February 15, 2018, 01:10:53 pm »

I thought maybe this guy would be nice to watch for intelligent left-wing intellectuals that want to decrease their confirmation bias. I disagree with lots of what this guy is saying, but he has some valid points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04wyGK6k6HE
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2018, 03:11:36 pm »

Lots of the valid arguments from this guy are related to the importance of free speech and strength of character, and that we have too much political correctness. Free speech and political correctness are relatively modern concepts, and I didn't find much about this from the ancient sages. I did however manage to put together this, which is related to strength of character:

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Excessive liberty and excessive governance are equally dangerous. The more prohibitions there are, the less virtuous people will be. The more subsidies there are, the less self reliant people will be. Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking. All things in moderation, including moderation. Good people strengthen themselves ceaselessly. Strength of character is the backbone of our human culture. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you, since it strengthens your character. When no one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly, we become free.

http://www.archania.org/sages/
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 02:13:35 am »

Since I think Jordan Peterson's new religion is dangerous (he might even be the antichrist), I have written this article to destroy it.

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018, 04:50:10 am »

That took a bit of a turn to the left in the middle, and it's not clear how the rest supports the main thesis.
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018, 12:08:09 pm »

That took a bit of a turn to the left in the middle, and it's not clear how the rest supports the main thesis.

He arguest that we shouldn't dismiss the past so quickly, which I guess is a somewhat valid claim. I do however think that if we are going to do a scientific investigation of important people and documents from the past, we need to look upon people and documents from all over the world. He makes it sound like the only document we need to pay attention to from the past is the bible, while the only really significant person from the past is Jesus. This doesn't strike me as a very scientific investigation of the past.
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2018, 09:25:17 pm »

I have listened to most of Jordan Peterson's bible lectures now, and I don't think he is a scammer anymore. He actually seems like an honest person. In the lectures he speaks a lot about the necessity for children to have stories. In his childhood, that story came from the bible, so he has connected everything in his philosophy back to the bible. He believes that there is something intrinsically superhuman about the bible. As if since his brain finds so many connections to the bible, there must be something supernatural about the bible. Personally, I think he is suffering from apophenia. The human brain is hard-wired to find patterns/connections, even if there aren't necessarily any patterns/connections.

Anyhow. I just came to realize that I have a similar bias, like many of you guys here. I didn't get inspired from biblical stories as a child, I got inspired from Star Control 2. So naturally my brain has been overly active at connecting everything to Star Control 2. This has made me speculate that maybe we need a central childhood story. I don't necesserily know how my brain would be operating if I hadn't played Star Control 2 as a child. Anyhow, I certainly don't think we need to learn the biblical stories. Star Control 2 seems like a much better choice.

I am putting these heavy story driven games into the age group from 9-12 years old now, since I think it is important to get such stories implemented as early as possible, if they are going to function as a basis for how the neural network develops later in life.



http://www.archania.org/education/resources/09-12/

Maybe I should look more into what kind of deep insightful stories are available today. There was another story rich game I played as a child, called Quest for Glory. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any community making a HD remake of that game.

I am also considering these TV shows as a good source of childhood stories. I am however a bit uncertain about if it is wise to expose children to such dark stories so early in life.



On the other hand, maybe that is exactly what they need. The old testament is certainly quite dark. The catholic church often scares kids with the idea of "going to hell" if they don't behave properly. Maybe Grimm isn't so bad, since there are actually monsters in the world. This is also parts of what they are trying to tell in the game "Life is Strange".

I am fully aware that this might give kids nightmares, but you shouldn't necessarily think of nightmares as something uniquely bad. Having nightmares every night is bad, just like chronic inflammation is bad. But since the brains of children are highly malleable, they might easily develop new neural pathways to deal with "the fear".

If people aren't exposed to "the darkness" before late in life, they might very well not be able to develop neural pathways to deal with "the fear", since their brains are much less malleable. Chickenpox for example, is much more dangerous for adults than for children. Since we know that the brains of children are much better at forming new neural pathyways, maybe we also should expect their brains to be better at dealing with fear.

Anyhow, I am putting them in the age group from 12 to 15 for now....

http://www.archania.org/education/resources/12-15/
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