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  1. Peterson became popular by weighting on issues that society currently debates. He kind of solved the problem of marketing this way. Being deeply knowledgeable in archetypes and stuff probably helped to do it. But he is much deeper than his short popular videos. His book “Maps on Meaning” was written 1999 but was not widely read. For example, taking into account topics popular of this forum, here are citations from the book. On the idea of the absolute: "The great dragon of chaos – the uroboros, the self-devouring serpent – might be conceptualized as pure (latent) information, before it is parsed into the world of the familiar, the unfamiliar, and the experiencing subject. The uroboros is the stuff of which categorical knowledge is composed, before being that knowledge; it is the primary “element” of the world, which is decomposed into cosmos, surrounding chaos, and the exploratory process which “separates” the two." "Mythic symbols of the chaos of the beginning are imaginative pictures, whose purpose is representation of a paradoxical totality – a “state,” (which is already to say something too determinate) self-contained, uniform, and complete, where everything now distinct resides in union: a state where being and non-being, beginning and end, matter and energy, spirit and body, consciousness and unconsciousness, femininity and masculinity, night and day remain compounded, prior to their discrimination into the separable elements of experience. In this “state,” all conceivable pairs of opposites and contradictory forces exist together – within the all-encompassing embrace of an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and altogether mysterious God." On the idea of transcending society, forging your own path and self actualization: “Rituals designed to strengthen group identity hold chaos at bay, but threaten individual identification” with the exploratory hero – an identity upon which maintenance of the group ultimately depends. For the sake of the group, therefore, the individual must not be rendered subservient to the group. The Word – in its guise as painstakingly abstracted action and object – can create new worlds and destroy old; can pose an unbearable threat to seemingly stable cultures, and can redeem those that have become senescent, inflexible and paralytic. To those who have “sold their souls” to the group, however, the Word is indistinguishable from the enemy." “The phenomenon of interest – that precursor to exploratory behavior – signals the presence of a potentially “beneficial” anomaly. Interest manifests itself where an assimilable but novel phenomenon exists: where something new “hides,” in a partially comprehensible form. Devout adherence to the dictates of interest – assuming a suitably disciplined character – therefore insures stabilization and renewal of personality and world. Interest is a spirit beckoning from the unknown – a spirit calling from outside the “walls” of society. Pursuit of individual interest means hearkening to this spirit’s call – means journeying outside the protective walls of childhood dependence and adolescent group identification; means also return to to and rejuvenation of society. This means that pursuit of individual interest – development of true individuality – is equivalent to identification with the hero. Such identification renders the world bearable, despite its tragedies – and reduces unnecessary suffering, which most effectively destroys, to an absolute minimum.This is the message that everyone wants to hear. Risk your security. Face the unknown. Quit lying to yourself, and do what your heart truly tells you to do. You will be better for it, and so will the world.”
  2. "The Ancient Path to Enlightenment" - documentary about Buddhist monks "An Idiot Abroad" - comedy about travel and encountering different cultures "Primitive Technology" - guy replicates prehistoric technology
  3. It looks like his ideas are quickly propagated. I see it on this forum, other parts of the internet and in myself. He integrates psychoanalytical, mythological, religious, evolutionary concepts very nicely. Suddenly Bible stories make sense, hero stories make sense, anxiety make sense, resentment make sense, and so on. It is like something clicks together. According to him people don’t live in a world of objects. People live in a world of stories. We perceive world as tools, what is it for us, first. He divides the world into familiar territory, order to be constantly improved and restored versus dangerous unknown, chaos to be faced voluntarily to slay the dragon and to obtain the gold/rescue a virgin. He emphasizes responsibility and struggle for what we find meaningful versus being content with rights, freedom, what is given to us and lazy “happiness”. He promotes the old human wisdom of paying attention, speaking the truth, making order out of chaos through that. Which is what the concept of logos means if I understand it correctly. He shows why Biblical, mythological stories are deeply wise and meaningful and not just a bunch of old superstitions. Why we can’t just drop our old culture, deconstruct everything and expect a wholesome balanced society. What we can formulate in language is a tiny subset of our knowledge in a form of image based, intuitive dream like intuitions, and we should not discard the later. And embodied knowledge that we hadn't compressed yet in a form of intuitions is even bigger. He also emphasizes the importance that we don’t know what consciousness is and by the time we will know our notions of what is material and real will probably radically change. And he is on good term with psychedelics their role in human culture and history. There are many many insights by him, probably not all originally his, but integrated and promoted by him.
  4. Also most stable pattern of relationship in human culture is one man with one women for life. Or one man with several women for life if there are a lot of wars and not enough men. There is probably a reason for it, why such societies outcompete others. Not just that they were stupid and we are smart and have birth control. Now as we become sexually liberated and promiscuous, everything becomes complicated. Most of the sex/children will go to the top males. We will have lots and lots of single mothers. Will this be stable? What would men who are not needed anymore do?
  5. There is a thing that female reproduction value is largely determined by her physical appearance and for males it is position in the dominance hierarchy. So men compete for dominance like their life is depending on it, because it is. Low status males will not have children. For low status females it is much easier to have children, because man can impregnate a lot of women easily. This fierce competition probably explain huge biological and psychological differences. I don't think it is just a paradigm that we can destroy quickly and build a functional and healthy society. It really reminds me of Marxism too, as Jordan Peterson says. Like people see differences in wealth between people and say, hey we don't like that reality, scrap that, we will redistribute everything, yeah some violence will probably be needed, oh look reality is more complex than we thought it doesn't work so well (to put it mildly). There is a lot of work to be done to understand how the dynamic is evolving and what can we try to do to improve society for all its members.
  6. I think some societies are more hierarchical and male dominated. Two very stark examples among our closest relatives are chimps and bonobos. https://www.eva.mpg.de/3chimps/files/apes.htm. There are examples of more female oriented cultures among humans like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosuo_women Bonobo society: "females form strong bonds and exert social dominance over the males. Groups occupy specific territories, territories can overlap, mating across community lines observed. Sex used for social bondage, pairs can include all age and sex combinations, reduction of tension, elicit social or food benefits, frequent homosexual interactions esp. in females, Used as greeting, conflict resolution." Chimp society: "Linear set of relationships among all males. Includes a clear alpha-male specific territories, aggressive patrolling of boundaries, avoidance of neighbors. High ranking males monopolize and guard females in estrus" I looks to me that there is some movement in bonobo direction in western society. But will it last?
  7. Animals can be depressed though. "Beaver said major changes in a dog’s life could lead to periods of depression. Those include moving into a new home, a new spouse or baby in the household, or adding another pet. Even a change in the dog’s schedule, for instance a stay-at-home owner who takes a job, can cause a dog to get down. But the two most common triggers of severe dog depression are the loss of a companion animal or the loss of an owner." "Dog depression symptoms are very similar to those in people, said John Ciribassi, DVM, past president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. “Dogs will become withdrawn. They become inactive. Their eating and sleeping habits often change. They don’t participate in the things they once enjoyed.” But vets warn those symptoms also can mean a dog has a medical problem, so the first course of action should always be a full checkup by a veterinarian. A pet that mopes around and no longer wants to go for walks could simply have pain from arthritis, Beaver says." https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/depression-in-dogs#1
  8. You can read books written hundred years ago like "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin". It really shows how different people were. Or books written by people in different cultures like "A Thousand Splendid Suns". Even better if it is a book written in different culture a long time ago. Bible is good for culture shock if you do not have deep religious background and just try to read the Old Testament without preconceptions. You can also find documentaries on Youtube about people living in different tribes, cultures.
  9. I really liked “learning = observation” video. It helps to reframe awareness as observation because it makes the process more exciting and you can do much more of it. I tried to observe human photos for 25 minutes and started to see more details and differences in them. I also discovered that after several minutes the emotion of the face you observe overrides your emotion, so you can pretty much experience any emotional state at will. Short stories are great. I started to read them instead of big fiction books and really enjoy it. Instead of rushing through to see what happens next in a novel, I reread and contemplate a short story, see how all elements are important in it. Great short stories packed with condensed observations about the world. The last one that I liked is "The Standard of Living" by Dorothy Parker. It is just several pages long but filled with observations about culture, social hierarchy, how people interact with one another.
  10. I find viewing myself as a system is a good metaphor. Like there are a bunch of modules that compete like it is described in a book “Why Buddhism is true” by Robert Wright or sub personalities by Jordan Peterson. So I have intellectuals, who lobby consuming more information, science lobby that wants to do experiments and expand known possibilities, traditional religious people, who want to create order based on tried and true principles, business people who want to earn more money, different foreign lobbies that want to maintain productive relationships with others, survivalists who want to prepare resources for worse days, vegans who try to reduce meat consumption, people seeking different basic pleasures etc. They form a system and consciousness is kind of like a parliament where they discuss and argue issues, they will even try to deceive each other to advance their position. After viewing it that way, there appears a group that wants to integrate different lobbies and improve cooperation. To build a stable hierarchy of values and integrate the whole system around it. Groups may push their values, but they have to do it in the most truthful manner they can, if they want to get their interest to have higher priority. They also have to accept the current balance and try to cooperate with each other.
  11. I’m kind of lost in the complexity of reality. Things are so strangely related, twisted, non obvious, it is shocking. In ordinary map of reality explored by billions of people, things are kind of known. It is great to have that as an option. But there are so many territories that can be explored. In some, thousands of people ventured and explored things, like serious pursuit of Christianity or Buddhism. Those are like relatively safe explored continents. But there are immeasurable number of other ways to map and construct reality. Some are fascinating and beg to be explored. But you don't know anything, there are many silly mistakes that you will make. Kind of like you are on a new planet that no one been before. You can't just work for someone and rent a room to read books and watch videos on the internet. You have to discover for yourself how to breeze on this planet, is it possible, is there ways to get or create food. This survival metaphor is really liked by psyche, there is something deep and fundamental about it, not just in a sense that I was formed that way by evolution. There are systems, systems that survive are systems that can guard themselves, explore to find opportunity, integrate and assimilate things. The job is to constantly renew your system, explore, try to understand things around you, look for useful information. What is more fundamental than that? May be understand that you are a part of a bigger system, like family, humanity, identify with it and work for its benefit. I want to be wiser and make better decisions. Why? I love making good decisions and making my world better in some way. Why? Some things are just better than others. Why? I don’t know, but I am not willing to drop that intuition based on my inability to articulate an answer.
  12. Great videos, thanks for posting, I think I should watch more Shinzen Young. Regarding sexuality I think in modern culture we pumper, feed and tease this beast way too much with masterfully engineered stimulation, tailored to all varieties of people. And the very ethics of modern western society is all about sexual liberation, expression, uniqueness and creativity. May be we need that after repressions and horrors that we had in earlier stricter societies where people also did not have birth control and ways to prevent diseases. If you discover the value of sexual abstinence this may seem very appealing, but too much change too fast destabilize the organism and freaks out the sexuality system that we grown so much. I think one should try to cope and integrate different aspects of his personality, I look at it as trying to survive and thrive in unknown environment kind of thing, where you try to explore, find food, heal your wounds, learn what works for you, experiment but cautiously and also building a strong infrastructure to fall back to. And if you needs help in a form of medication or professional, there is nothing wrong with that.
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  14. Some more tricks that work for me. If I can't sleep in the middle of the night, I get up take some Valerian herb, eat food with a lot of proteins and fat, which I guest signals the organism that it got the necessary life job done for time and relaxes it, sit some time out of bed and go to bed but lay in the opposite direction, I guest it kind of switches the context or something, it usually helps.
  15. I don't know if my response is unique, but when I was in the manic stage they have rather small effect, but I get more rest and sleep through the night. At some point exhaustion, more healthy behavior and pills kick in and I go in the opposite direction. Then I don't actually need them, but have low energy and everything is negative instead of positive. Over time I learned not to escalate the situation, some tricks for what behavior calms me, like I mention with talking to people, doing something external, quitting self absorption, like forcing myself to pay attention to things. Also regular job or other commitments helps, kind of forces on you day regimen and healthy stress.