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Why I Think Jordan Peterson Is A Problem (And Why I Think You Should Consider Him One, Too)

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you probably are an atheist, agnostic, or you are generally non-religious. Today's post is about someone who has managed to get a lot of non-believers on-board with what he is preaching. Today I am talking about Jordan Peterson.

Jordan Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He earned his PhD. in clinical psychology from the University of Alberta. So... yeah, I am taking on someone with a PhD. in psychology, which means I am going to be sourcing my points a lot. It really is important for this conversation to be focused on facts and a desire to cut through emotionally-driven irrationality.

Several things I hear Jordan Peterson say and, more than that, the method by which he delivers many of his points, I take issue with. The fact that I hear a lot of atheists and other non-believers praise him genuinely concerns me. So what are some of my problems?

He seems to deliberately use vague language, change his position ever so slightly when necessary, and he has, on occasion, misrepresented scientific facts when it helped his cause. So I figured it would be useful to get my thoughts out into the open, and back up my thoughts with robust sources whenever possible.

So, with all that in mind, I am going to start with this: Jordan Peterson thinks that feminists have an "unconscious wish for brutal male domination."

Why did I start with that in a post that should be focusing more on religion? I wanted to show how Jordan Peterson tends to say ridiculous things when he knows he is not going to be challenged, and then he falters or gets dodgy when given some push-back. Check out these two videos:

Jordan Peterson has the credentials of a real expert, and many non-theists respect what he says. I think that we really need to evaluate what Peterson says, because a lot of his points are simply nonsense... dangerous nonsense in the minds of some people.

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