Conspirituality
Conspirituality
Dec 3, 2020
28: Resurrection of Jordan Peterson (w/Jeff Brown)
Play • 1 hr 53 min

This week we inaugurate “The Conspirituality Ticker,” a weekly bullet-point rundown on the ongoing pandemic of influencers who spread medical misinformation to sell disaster spirituality. We’ll also continue with “The Jab”, our segment on conspirituality-driven vaccine hesitancy.

The big news this week is the resurrection of Jordan Peterson. After surviving a medically-induced coma in a Russian rehab facility, and then COVID on top of that, Peterson has re-emerged, weakened but resolute, as both hero and provocateur. The announcement from Penguin Canada that his new book of another dozen self-help rules prompted Penguin employees to protest their involvement in an emotional town hall.

In this episode, we’ll dive into Peterson’s imaginarium. We won’t totally discount his button-down commonsensical advice, but we will explore how it has lent intellectual support to the alt-right. Is he a conspiritualist pioneer as he wars against the Neo-Marxist Cabal and dreams of a Jungian promised land? Matthew will add a view from Peterson’s hometown of Toronto, where the messianic prof has been open about his ambitions in right-wing Ontario politics. Julian interviews dissociation debunker Jeff Brown, who champions “enrealment,” and has a heartfelt critique of what he calls the “new cage” movement.

02:21 Conspirituality Ticker

27:22 The Jab

36:35 Jordan Peterson Reborn

1:16:18 Interview with Jeff Brown

All music by EarthRise SoundSystem (Duke Schommer + Derek Beres)

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Show Notes

JZ Knight Called for ‘Military Coup’ After Biden Took Lead in Presidential Bid

Defiant Night: Hundreds Gather at Pier Bowl for Mask-Burning Rally

Toronto public health shuts down Etobicoke restaurant for allowing indoor dining in defiance of COVID-19 measures

Adam Skelly’s GoFundMe

Skelly hauled off by the po-po

Skelly hauled off by the po-po

$15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests

Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo’s Virus Shutdown Order

Supremes’ opinions

Canadian Bar Association on c16, which Peterson didn’t understand

Peterson co-presents with Proud Boy founder Gavin McInnes

Peterson boosting Tanya Granic Allen. (Matthew neglected to report that Peterson raising Allen’s profile helped make her kingmaker in the ON Conservative leadership race. She threw her votes to Ford, promising Catholic support. He then rewards that support by reinstituting a sex-ed curriculum for public schools that was written before the internet.)

BBQAnon tweet from Tanya Granic Allen.

Bernard Schiff mourns his depressive and paranoid friend Jordan

Jordan Peterson’s 10-step process for stronger writing

Jordan Peterson on why you need to clean your room

Is Jordan Peterson’s carnivore diet really healthy?

Nathan Robinson on “the intellectual we deserve

A Field Guide to JP’s Political Arguments

Peterson tells Camille Paglia why one can’t control crazy women

Gender: A Wider Lens Podcast
Gender: A Wider Lens Podcast
Stella O'Malley & Sasha Ayad
6 - Gender Intervention: Treatment or Experiments?
Quick Notes  A whistle-stop tour through the history of psychological and medical approaches to sex and gender in the 20th century. This episode gives background and context to the formation of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) and today’s “affirmative model of care” for gender issues.  Extended Notes A little bit of history about gender transitions over the decades. The medical and psychological theories behind gender transition have always been controversial. Why would someone struggle with their gender? Which gender roles should you raise your children in? Sasha shares a case that happened with twin boys, and one transitioned into a girl in 1965. The outcome was not great. People played God on a child. In 1965, only 3% of surgeons took sex change requests seriously. However, by the 70s, these surgeries were commonplace. People pushed for experimental interventions too soon without having long-term data. Instead of saying “should we do this?” doctors said, “can we do this?” No one knows why a trans person exists. A psychologist would be asking questions to figure out this key piece. It wasn’t until the 2010s that you’d see a huge uptick in gender dysphoria. Both Stella and Sasha break down why they like Dr. Zucker and the research he’s conducted on child gender issues. There are so many variables. It’s hard to know or pinpoint what makes a child want to transition. Objectively, it may be better to have people come to terms with their biology vs. going through a very risky medical path. There is a heavy medical burden when you try to transition. It is not an easy thing to do. Even certain trans people admit that, if you can avoid it, you would be better. Sasha shares a gender study that used hormone blockers on children for two years and the reports they found. What is the psychological impact of puberty blockers? The criteria to see if you have gender dysphoria in the DSM, 5 out of 8 of them use outdated and stereotypical gender roles. Like if the boy or girl likes playing with the opposite sex toys. There is such a thing as a placebo effect. Sasha shares another study where 4.5% of males ended up dying from the gender intervention. What’s crazy is a lot of these studies are deemed to be successful. Someone dying is not a success. It’s a tragedy. From a medical and psychological perspective, there is a big difference between how you treat gay or lesbian people vs. how you treat a trans person. The treatment for a trans person is to take drugs till the day you die. The treatment for being gay is to live your life. How young is too young to get a child to transition? How do you talk to young people about their gender? It can be quite troubling the different doctors’ approaches on the matter. There doesn’t seem to be any studies showcasing why intervening early is going to be good for the long term wellbeing of a gender dysphoric child. You’re halting the development of a young person, we should take that seriously. Feeling distressed about your body? There might be something else going on and it might not just be strictly gender, to begin with. Links  About John Money & David Reimer  http://www.hawaii.edu/PCSS/biblio/articles/1961to1999/1997-sex-reassignment.html (http://www.hawaii.edu/PCSS/biblio/articles/1961to1999/1997-sex-reassignment.html)   https://embryo.asu.edu/pages/david-reimer-and-john-money-gender-reassignment-controversy-johnjoan-case (https://embryo.asu.edu/pages/david-reimer-and-john-money-gender-reassignment-controversy-johnjoan-case)     Books  Harry Benjamin: The Transsexual Phenomenon, Human Outreach & Achievement Institute, (1966)  Robert Stoller: Sex and Gender: On the Development of Masculinity and Femininity, Science House, (1968)  Juno Dawson: The Gender Games, p.5, Hachette (2017)  ... Support this podcast
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A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World
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Anya Kaats
#76 Reimagining Judaism & Integrating Ancient Practices into Modern Day Spirituality with Shulie Hersh
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Let's Talk About Sects
Let's Talk About Sects
Sarah Steel
Fire This Time
As a disaffected youth, Shannon Bundock was drawn to progressive ideas. In her late teens she moved into the city, to a poor neighbourhood in Vancouver, Canada, where she became hyper aware of the inequality all around her. The activists who were trying to do something about this in the early 2000s ignited her passion for radical politics. At 19, Shannon was ready to dedicate herself wholeheartedly to doing her part to change the world for the better. Five and a half years later, she’d find herself flat broke and unable to make life decisions about the simplest things, like what to wear.   Guest: Shannon Bundock   Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.   With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 4 of Let's Talk About Sects.   If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).   Credits: Written and hosted by Sarah Steel Research by Haley Gray and Sarah Steel Music by Joe Gould Edited by Corey Green of Transducer Audio   Links: * That revolution thing? My bad — by Erin Millar, Maclean’s, 12 March 2008 * No Fire No Time — Ivan Drury’s blog archive of materials around his and other ex-members’ experiences in FTT, accessed November 2020 * Cuba Solidarity in Canada: Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations — edited by Nino Pagliccia, FriesenPress, 2 December 2014 * Ali Yerevani’s LinkedIn profile — accessed November 2020 * Battle of Ideas Press website — accessed November 2020 * Fire This Time website — accessed November 2020, including Derrick O’Keefe’s private emails still online * “The Movement,” Mullahs and Liberal Muddleheads: From MAWO to Revolutionary Marxism — by...   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Living Myth
Michael Meade
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Weird Studies
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