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Dom Post and The Press feature Alex on Jordan Peterson

As conversation increased around noted academic Professor Jordan Peterson’s visit to New Zealand, Alex Penk’s op-ed was printed in The Press and the Dominion Post.

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Jordan Peterson, and why we need to have ‘anti-fragile’ conversations

“This is less about what Peterson has to say, though there’s public benefit in having someone unafraid to tackle otherwise taboo issues.

Instead, the value lies in observing the response to Peterson. For example, his book seems to me to offer sources of meaning and authority in an uncertain world, and to the extent that his fans like it for that reason it reflects not only a very human hunger, but an unmet need.”

For Peterson to expose this gap is a real service, whatever anyone thinks of his solutions, or the gap itself. Once revealed, it can be reckoned with; we can ask why it exists, and how else it could be filled.

That’s one of the benefits of allowing people to speak, even when their message is controversial or offensive. It’s described well by the concept of anti-fragility, used by professor Jonathan Haidt and lawyer Greg Lukianoff in their book, The Coddling of the American Mind.”

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By Alex Penk - 20/02/2019

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