In November 2021, Dr. Peterson traveled to the United Kingdom to give a series of lectures at Oxford and Cambridge. This lecture was given at Lady Mitchell Hall at the University of Cambridge on November 23rd, 2021.
Dr. Peterson gives an in-depth exploration of the problem of perception. In doing so, he touches on orienting reflexes, artificial intelligence, the infinite possibilities parsed by perception, neurophysiology, postmodernism, and the relationship between imitation, awe, and the divine, before answering questions from the audience about the direction of Western civilization, meaning, and the notion of humans as simple biological machines.
_______________[0:00] Intro[1:30] Dr. James Orr Welcomes Dr. Peterson to Cambridge[6:30] The Problem of Perception[8:30] The Orienting Reflex[12:30] The Neuropsychology of Anxiety by Jeffrey Gray[14:30] Perception, Sokolov, & Artificial Intelligence[17:30] Infinity in Perception[22:30] Embodied AI[24:10] Utilization Behavior[27:20] Neurophysiology & Postmodernism[31:15] Dominance Hierarchies[37:40] Basis of Perception[39:30] The Problem of Perception & Wagner’s ‘Master-Singers of Nuremberg’[49:40] Cambridge, Two Chapels, & Primordial Environments[51:10] On Imitation & Awe[59:40] Divine Perception