Jordan Peterson – Biblical series 3

Biblical Series III: God and the Hierarchy of Authority

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Mostly great – with one significant error at 1:34:40 – “there is not an infinite number of solutions” – that is probably wrong. There probably is an infinite number of solutions that work, and there is a much greater infinity of postulates that don’t work. So correct that all are not equal, but not correct on the use of the term infinity. Infinities have that unsettling quality. The infinity of 10ths is ten times larger than the infinity of integers, and both are infinite – sets without end or bounds.
I actually wonder if the set of possibilities is infinite, it may actually be finite, but if finite it is a very large number that is a close enough approximation to an infinity that the difference would not be meaningful to an embodied human.

[These are the key things I highlighted from the talk:]

35:18 The example of wolf behaviour as an exemplar of the distinction between an embodied behavioural pattern and a rule.

55:40 Hierarchy of dominance and lobsters, “The Neuropsychology of Anxiety” – Gray, continuity of neurochemistry in animals – lobsters to people. The neurochemistry of hierarchies of authority has been conserved over 500M years of evolutionary time.

1:24:50 – game matrix – “The person who is the master at being invited to play the largest possible number of games is also the same person that goes out forthrightly to conquer the unknown before it represents itself as the enemy at the door. They are the same thing!”

1:32:45 – “A morality has to be iterable!” – trading games – can’t play a degenerating game. “Is there a way that we can continue playing together that will make playing together even better the next day? That’s what you’re up to!”

1:33:55 – start games stuff here

1:34:38 – “there is not an infinite number of solutions” – that is probably wrong. There probably is an infinite number of solutions that work, and there is a much greater infinity of possibilities that don’t work. So correct that all are not equal, but not correct on the use of the term infinity. Infinities have that unsettling quality.

1:43:55 – “The highest order of being is to use the discipline you attained by striving toward the top of the pyramid to release yourself from the pyramid, and move one step up.”

2:32:20 – We don’t know to what degree extreme experience is necessary to bring forth extreme experience. What do you have to be through before you encounter a religious revelation?

2:34:00 – SGS SJW (Social Justice Warrior) equality

2:35:16 – “historically speaking, women were responsible for distribution, and men were responsible for production.”… “what the women did was make sure everyone got enough.” … “that seems to be driving the SJW demand for equity and equality” and “fair enough” … “there is an antipathy between that and differential productivity, because people really do differ in their productivity.”
This is where full automation changes the picture completely.

“Just making sure everything is distributed equally is just not going to fly.”
True
But making sure everyone has enough is viable and doable.
Automation can do that.

Unconscious balances – fifty shades of grey – Saudi Arabia and feminism???

The balance between the known and the unknown, between order and chaos – it is essential, constantly changing with context and circumstance.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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