The Cross Marks the Spot: Jordan Peterson's Treasure Map of Meaning (Answer to Jordan # 1)

Reasons to Watch Jordan Peterson, Closely, Part One. The following essay examines Jordan Peterson’s rapid rise to prominence by using Peterson’s Maps of Meaning as a lens to gaze through. Since most of Peterson’s critics, and even many of his supporters, don’t seem especially familiar with his MoM thesis, I decided to put it to …

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Intolerable Ambiguity: Jordan Peterson and the Problem of Prematurely Articulated Order (2 of 2)

Part Two: Battle Not with Monsters 4.     Of Lobsters and Men “Recently, the dominant political narratives in America have moved so far apart that each is unreadable to the other side.”  —T. M. Luhrmann, “Worlds Apart”[1] So You’re Saying That You’re Ideologically Incorrect? Let’s flash-forward to what in many ways was the second Peterson moment, …

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Intolerable Ambiguity: Jordan Peterson and the Problem of Prematurely Articulated Order (1 of 2)

Accompanying Podcast: Jordan Peterson & the Shadow of God Part One: When Paracosms Collide Dear Jordan: Watching your heroic (or anti-heroic) journey from obscurity to world fame (and infamy), even if sometimes with only half an eye, has been quite the rollercoaster ride. I have gone from unequivocal admiration and identification, to growing suspicion and …

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Traditional Metaphysics and the True Religious: Encountering Charles Upton

This week’s podcast is a conversation with Charles Upton. I recently reviewed two of Charles’ books at Amazon, The System of Antichrist: Truth & Falsehood in Postmodernism & the New Age and Vectors of the Counter-Initiation: The Course and Destiny of Inverted Spirituality. “When the student is ready, the master appears” is the saying. When the reader …

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Paths to God: Carl Jung, Wisdom & Its Counterfeits, & a Word About Revelation of the Method

What follows are the highlights from a discussion on Carl Jung with my brother-in-law, Guy. It began with this Faceborg post: OK, so I have finally found something substantial to sink my teeth into viz a viz, why Jung is not an *entirely* [edit for Guy] trustworthy source. The above is from p. 405-7 of …

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The Vice of Commoners

(I composed this post this morning as the hours went back and daylight dawned. I am posting it in its entirety at the new Liminalista forum, which is only accessible to registered members. It is free to register, however, and only takes a minute to do so. See link at the bottom.) “For the good …

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Vicious Circles & Angry Squares: Pedophilia, Scapegoating, Taboo, & Social Control (Part Two)

The Dark Secret of Parenting 1.   A Vicious Circle that Can’t Be Squared When it comes to addressing pedophilia, as with homosexuality, there seems to be a massive blind spot. It is this: of all the men or women who sexually abuse children, a significant percentage of them were themselves interfered with as children.[1] Of …

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Vicious Circles & Angry Squares: Pedophilia, Scapegoating, Taboo, & Social Control (Part One)

Part One: Hammers & Nails 1.   Scapegoating & Mimesis I recently had an exchange with a Christian reader on Faceborg. She posted–not for the first time–about how pedophiles should be put to death. I disagreed. My disagreement with sentiments of this sort is a strong one. It’s not that I am ipso facto opposed to …

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The Secret Guardian

From the latest chapter of The Prisoner of infinity, “The Secret Guardian”:  A life full of holes. A cluster of fragments, swirling, roving, seeking a place to fit, seeking coherence, seeking meaning. A wound in the soul; a psyche in mortal peril. What was Whitley’s secret? And why did I need so badly to uncover …

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Pseudo-Enlightenment, the Cure That Almost Works

Trauma leads to dissociation; dissociation is when a part of the individual’s psyche withdraws from an intolerable situation because it is impossible to withdraw physically. Strieber, and countless others in the fields of religion, psychism, and Ufology, are arguing that dissociation and/or out of body experiences that result from trauma are a way to access …

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The Evolutionary Function of Depression

I recently read this from Thomas Armstrong’s Neurodiversity: Discovering the extraordinary gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences (pg. 100, 105-7). Admittedly there is some risk of justifying a depressed outlook (Armstrong is a self-described depressive); yet most of what he writes agrees with my own experience. “Among the Coast Salish group of Native Americans in British …

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Positive Disintegration Part 2: Dabrowski's Levels 1-5 of Integration

Level I: Primary Integration Dąbrowski distinguished the two subgroups of Level I by degree: “the state of primary integration is a state contrary to mental health. A fairly high degree of primary integration is present in the average person; a very high degree of primary integration is present in the psychopath”. Marked by selfishness and …

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Be Greeted Psychoneurotics: Dabrowski and the Symptoms of Expanding Consciousness

“Suffering, aloneness, self-doubt, sadness, inner conflict; these are our feelings that we have not learned to live with, that we have failed to appreciate, that we reject as destructive and completely negative, but in fact they are symptoms of an expanding consciousness. Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski has spent 45 years piecing together the complete picture of …

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