Note as of Oct 2018:
Thank you for your continued support. We are making constant progress on the online education software, and are planning something more general in function than an online university. We are envisioning a portal for entry into online content that will track learning, accredit, and also provide literacy training, so that users can become better speakers, writers, critical thinkers and communicators. We may run the development program through a tech incubator, and have been talking with the Y Combinator people. We have also made contact with a private school consortium and should be able to test our software with them.
I am currently in Dublin, traveling with my wife, Tammy, who always accompanies me. I will be speaking in 15 different European cities in the next month. Tickets to the UK events are still available here. I posted a brief video about the tour on YouTube.
After Europe, I will be speaking in Honolulu, Los Angeles, Calgary and Vancouver. Tickets are available here. I am going to talk to Joe Rogan, Dave Rubin and Ben Shapiro, among others, in Los Angeles. In February, Tammy and I are traveling to Australia and New Zealand. Then, in March and April, it’s back to Europe. Then I want to write nonstop (new book, tentative title: 12 More Rules for Life: Beyond Mere Order) from May to September. I have already made substantial progress on that manuscript. Then, hopefully, back to the Biblical lectures, with a series on Exodus. I might tour for that, or stay in Toronto and livestream the events from a theatre there.
Note as of June 2018:
First: I have been making substantial progress on the online university project (and devoting Patreon support to that end). I have three very sharp people working on it, with a minimal product already sketched out and a sold developmental plan outlined. Imagine that university has two primary functions: assessment/accreditation, and education proper. We are trying to address both simultaneously, tying assessment/accreditation tightly to the education process itself.
Second: A short, somewhat repetitive update of the May 2018 note:
I have just completed two lectures in Iceland, both of which appeared to be well received. I am now headed to Washington, to complete the last two legs of the US 12 Rules for Life Tour:
Washington, Richmond, Charlotte, Nashville, Atlanta, Louisville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Long Beach and Thousand Oaks (for dates and tickets: www.jordanbpeterson.com/events)
Between Seattle and Portland I am going up to Vancouver for two talks with Sam Harris. Both of these are sold out. I hope to discuss the idea of narrative truth with Sam, as well as the idea of value and its relation to empirical fact. Hopefully I’ll learn something.
After that, Canada: Toronto, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon (Halifax will be announced for late September) (for dates and tickets: www.jordanbpeterson.com/events).
I’ll announce Europe very soon. I will be traveling to Dublin and London in July, but will announce a series of cities in the next two weeks.
Note as of May 2018:
12 Rules for Life live tour: www.jordanbpeterson.com/events
There are 34 cities remaining in my current US and Canada (and brief Europe) tour. I will be adding another 20 cities in Europe and, perhaps, in Israel in the next few weeks, and then returning to Australia at the end of January. That’s the plan, anyway. There are still tickets available for the following venues:
US: Houston, Phoenix, Washington, Richmond, Charlotte, Nashville, Atlanta, Louisville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Long Beach and Thousand Oaks
CANADA: Toronto, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon (Halifax will be announced for late September).
EUROPE: Reykjavik, Dublin, London (many more TBA in the next two weeks)
Note as of February 2018: I will be announcing a 12 city tour in the next few days. I will make sure that my Patreon subscribers are notified first. Thanks for the new and continued support.
Note as of December 2017: I recently posted a couple of new biblical lectures, as well as an interview with Dr. Jonathan Haidt, whose thoughtful discussion of the political and psychological issues currently besetting us has been very well received. I was also embroiled (somewhat indirectly) in another scandal in Canada, as Wilfred Laurier University disciplined a graduate Teaching Assistant, Lindsay Shepherd, for daring to play a clip from a public television show called The Agenda, hosted on TV Ontario. In that clip, I was discussing the forced use of so-called gender neutral pronouns with Nicholas Matte, who famously claimed that the last 4 decades of scientific researchers had demonstrated that there were no biological differences between men and women. Shepherd was brought in front of a three person inquisition, and accused of breaking Ontario and Canadian law (violating the human rights codes, more explicitly) and where I was directly compared to Hitler. That pretty much ends the insult war that has been conducted against me, as far as I can tell. Once you get to Hitler, there’s almost nowhere left to go (except, perhaps, for Satan himself). In any case, Shepherd had the staggering presence of mind to record the proceedings, and released them, engulfing Wilfred Laurier U and the relevant faculty members and administrators in the worst academic scandal in recent memory.
As always, thanks for your support. Planning for the online university has started in earnest, by the way. Given the overwhelming dominance of the humanities and much of the social sciences by people like those who grilled Lindsay Shepherd (and the fact that tenure will ensure their positions for decades) I don’t hold out much hope for the traditional universities. It’s not as if Wilfred Laurier, or the professors/administrators responsible for this appalling situation are in any way unique.
Note as of October 2017: I recently had a discussion, placed on YouTube, with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and another with Camille Paglia, which have been highly successful. I have another two completed: the first with Claire Lehmann, editor of Quillette (quillette.com), a new, very successful and solid online newspaper (for lack of a better word), which presents the views of credible, reliable thinkers; the second with the brilliant animator Nina Paley, whose beautiful animations of Exodus, among other stories, can be found here. I would recommend scrolling down the page to find the work on Exodus. Finally, the Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories lecture series will recommence October 24, with two additional lectures for 2017 scheduled Nov 14 and Dec 5 (for tickets, go here. I have also been fighting a media war with the Law Society of Ontario, which has mandated a politically-correct statement as part of their requirements for the continuing licensing of lawyers in my home province — and I think we’re winning. I won’t hold my breath, but I think they’re going to back down. The video about this issue, A Call to Rebellion for Ontario Legal Professionals (youtube.com/watch?v=YGC3y1BPzwA&t=9s) has had over 100,000 views and we have identified lawyers willing to fight back all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court, if necessary. I am thinking hard about taking on another issue that has raised its head in Canada: the teaching of the thoroughly racist concept of “white privilege” to children very early in the state run grade schools. I will also take this opportunity to recommend Orthodox Christian carver Jonathan Pageau’s YouTube channel, for those of you with an interest in deepening their knowledge of all things symbolic (youtube.com/user/pageaujonathan). Thanks again for your support, new and continuing.
Note as of June 21, 2017: The lectures series The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories has been highly successful. The fifth lecture of 12 was taped yesterday, and the fourth released the day before. The first four lectures have garnered about 750000 views, with another several hundred thousand podcast listeners. So that seems to be going well. I have several new videos slated for release, including an interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, to initiate my proposed series on Islam.
Note as of June 1, 2017. The Biblical lecture series (see May 22 note, below) is now 25% completed, with approximately 200k views for each of the first two posted lectures (the third will be up soon). I have also completed two — should have been three, but I was a bit behind — Q and A’s for my Patreon supporters, which were well-viewed and appeared to be successful, according to the comments. Next plans? I have been speaking with a number of tech and finance people as well as interested educators about starting an online university concentrating on the classic humanities (with a strong emphasis on critical language skills: literacy, articulation, argumentation & rational thought). We’re in the serious planning stages, trying to determine how to generate an online university that would have built-in technology enabling constant improvement of content, highly credible and difficult-to-attain accreditation, as well as inexpensive and wide access). It’s a very exciting idea, and my colleagues and I are very motivated to pursue it, and quickly. We’re going to start, we think, with a vast historical timeline, as well as a series on 100 of the great books of the world (with a concentration on the classics of the Western canon).
Note as of May 22, 2017: I have begun a 12-part lecture series: The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories. This is being filmed, and placed on YouTube within a few days after the lecture. The first lecture was watched by more than 150000 people in the first four days after its posting. I have wanted to do this for a long time; theatre rental and payment for filming was made possible (before any tickets were sold) thanks to the generosity and support of my Patreons. I also plan to start a series of conversations with moderate Muslims about the possibility of developing a bridge between that faith and the fundamental beliefs of the West. That will start June 1 with a discussion with Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Note as of October 2, 2016 (updated Mar 9, 2017): I would like to thank the recent spate of Patreons who are supporting my YouTube channel, since I began making lectures about political correctness. The additional financial support helps me remain confident that I can remain independent in my thinking and less vulnerable to institutional pressure, should that be brought to bear.
I would also like to make some comments about YouTube. I have been thinking about it a lot. It seems to me that the ability to post video lectures online, with the ability to reach hundreds of thousands or even millions of people (and for that to happen in a more or less permanent form) is a revolution equivalent to the Gutenberg press. People have only been reading in any real sense since Gutenberg made the distribution of reading material broadly possible. But now they can listen, and listening is easier and can be done while you do other things such as driving, walking and exercising. I now have had more than six million views on my YouTube channel. That’s incomparably more people than have bought my book or read my papers. So maybe that’s the real future of education — particularly given what the universities have done with the social sciences and humanities. Why not educate everyone? So I want to spend a lot more time on my video lectures, and it looks like Patreon might enable that.
I am going to produce a series of lectures on the Bible starting May 2017. I believe that the first series will run 25 weeks and will of course be videotaped. I will eventually produce a series of lectures on Solzhenitsyn, and on Dostoevsky, and on Nietzsche, and on Orwell. I want to produce a series of lectures on Jung. All this Patreon support is making that possible, by freeing up time I would otherwise have to spend on other projects.
I’m a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Before that, I was a professor at Harvard. I have posted more than 125 video class lectures and public talks online. I discuss Jung, Freud, Piaget, Rogers, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, neuroscience, existentialism, mythology, religion, belief and war.
I have lectured and written for the last thirty years, working on ideas originally laid out by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. In the late 1800’s, these two thinkers began to contend with the “death of God” — the disruption of traditional religious and cultural belief by rationality and science. If God dies, Dostoevsky said, “everything will then be permitted.” This is a very frightening idea. As you move forward through time and history from the 19th century and contemplate National Socialism and the horrors of totalitarian communism, Dostoevsky looks positively prophetic.
The same is true of Nietzsche. In the aftermath of God’s death, he believed humanity, would become entranced, even possessed, by utopian political ideas, such as those of Marx. Nietzsche believed that such possession would kill millions in the twentieth century, as it did. The great German thinker also posited that human beings would have to create their own values, to fill the void left by God’s demise. However, it is not clear that we can create values, voluntarily. Individuals who have forced themselves to manifest interest in something that just didn’t interest them know the limits of our value-creating capacity. We also don’t live particularly long. It’s impossibly difficult to self-generate a complete model for being in the span of a single short life.
Dostoevsky, for his part, recommended a conscious revisiting of Russian Orthodox Christian ideas. But it is also not clear that we can return safely to past certainties, real or imagined. There may be much we have to rescue from our damaged traditions, but all of it will have to be viewed in a new light, if it is going to function and live.
I have been working, instead, on the belief that transcendent values genuinely exist; that they are in fact the most tangible realities of being. Such values have to be discovered, as much as invented, during the dance of the individual with society and nature. Then they have to be carefully integrated and united into something powerful and stable. This is in part something that Carl Jung discovered, during his forays into the deep past of ideas. I have tried to continue along the productive path he began to establish. It is for such reasons, I believe, that I have been constantly rated as one of three “life changing” professors at the University of Toronto.
I first formulated my ideas in a book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, published by Routledge in 1999. But it’s a difficult book, and requires dedicated and perhaps even guided study. That places it out of reach for all but a small minority of people. However, now, for the first time in history, lectures can have, or even exceed, the reach and duration of books.
Ideas presented in lecture format can be less daunting. They can be offered simultaneously to many people. They can be preserved for long periods of time. My online lectures have already been viewed 600,000 times, for an average of 20 minutes per view. They have proved a more successful means of communicating than my book (which was nonetheless vital to the formulation of my ideas).
I would therefore very much like to spend some time and resources making my lectures better. I would like to edit them, so that only the best ideas are presented, grouped by theme, and stripped of all content not relevant to an online audience. This means that they have to be transcribed, so that such editing can be done properly. The many images I refer to while speaking should also be inserted into their proper locations. Finally, I would also like to offer them as podcasts. This will require the time and resources that might perhaps be generated by Patreon supporters.
I think I have learned and discovered things that modern people desperately need to know. My students, and my video audience, seem to agree:
Listening to your lectures is in itself a transformative experience. Amazingly good.
Your lectures are pure inspiration to me.
Incredibly interesting speaker. Even the digressions were fascinating. Much appreciated post.
God, I wish these existed when I was younger. It’s heartbreaking to finally see the light and look back at 41 years of suffering.
Great channel. Thanks for uploading these lectures. I may be spending the next year of my life catching up!
I have been binge watching your lectures for a few weeks now (rather, listening, most of the time, since I am doing this while working). Very enlightening and fascinating! A lot of things fall into place.
I feel amazingly lucky to have access to these lectures. Amazing food for thought, and for ah-ha! moments. Many thanks.
Watch a lecture. If it grips you, considering aiding me in my efforts to provide such ideas to people all around the world.
Dr JB Peterson