Jordan Peterson was an obscure psychology professor at University of Toronto and somehow has become major celebrity and author of a best-selling book, “12 Rules for Life,” which he is promoting on a world-wide 80-city tour to sellout audiences of thousands. His YouTube channels have millions of subscribers. The facilitators of this class think that Peterson is worthy of a good discussion, that we ought not to simply write him off because of the terrible things we have heard about him. His infamy seems to be in some measure due to careful editing of his many YouTube videos. So, come and join in a lively and civilized discussion related to his videos, which we’ll watch.
If you don’t know anything about Peterson and want an introduction, go to YouTube. Many of his clips are billed as confrontational; but if you listen, we think you will agree that Peterson is thoughtful and reasoned in his responses–––even to clearly hostile questions.
Gary Nelson received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara in 1972 and spent a few years doing various defense systems research and testing (culminating in a stint at Area 51). Subsequently he spent a few decades in telecommunications doing system designs, startup companies, and teaching network technology classes in Europe and North America. He has no qualifications whatsoever to conduct this class, but finds Peterson’s work credible and valuable. For more information contact Gary at email@example.com or 360-379-9949.
Doug Rodgers spent his career as a chemical engineer for GE in the nuclear business. Early retirement allowed him to spend more time on hobbies such as UU church work and music. An active UU since 1970, he is amazed at the success of QUUF and would like to understand it better. He is also increasingly concerned with the leftward march of the national UU movement. He finds Peterson’s reasoned approach to issues of public policy quite compelling and welcomes the chance to discuss these issues with others.
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