#FakeNews was in full hyperbolic mode when it interviewed Jordan B. Peterson on BBC4 on 1/16/18.
Here is the exchange that captures the essence of why anyone who “uses” dinosaur news is a hopeless useful idiot:
Smug Interviewer: “Tell us about the lobster.”
Peterson: “Well that’s quite a segue. Well, the first chapter I have in my book is called “Stand Up Straight With Your Shoulders Back.” And it’s an injunction to be combative. Not least to further your career, let’s say, but also to adopt a stance of ready engagement with the world and to reflect that in your posture. And the reason that I wrote about lobsters is because there’s this idea that hierarchical structures are a sociological construct of the western patriarchy and that is so untrue that it’s almost unbelievable. And I use the lobster as an example because the lobster–we divulged from lobsters in evolutionary history about 350 million years ago–common ancestor. And lobsters exist in hierarchies and they have a nervous system atuned to the hierarchy. And that nervous system runs on serotonin like our nervous system. And the nervous system of the lobster and of human beings is so similar that anti-depressants work on lobsters. And it’s part of my attempt to demonstrate that the idea of hierarchy has absolutely nothing to do with socio-cultural construction, which it doesn’t.
Smug interviewer: “Let me get this straight, you’re saying we should organize our societies along the lines of the lobsters.”
[queue the rim-shot]
Are you kidding me? Is this what passes for “journalism” these days. Unbelievable.
I find myself totally mesmerized by #JordanBPeterson. Although I still despair, he gives me hope.
Here’s the full interview: