Good afternoon my dear readers,
I want to share with you all an amazing podcast interview between Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. Jordan Peterson made the news this year for his “controversial” critiques against political correctness, postmodernism feminism, category bashing (e.g. white privilege) and outrage over cultural appropriation.
First, this is his message to millennials who are looking to change the world: “Change yourself first”
This 3 hour discussion was one of the most elucidating talks I’ve heard in my short life across a span of topics ranging from post-modernism, classic male dominance hierarchies, political correctness, good & evil, the authoritarian left and social justice warriors, kekistan, operating in a world of chaos, finding the meaning in life for men/women, universal basic income, Donald Trump’s lies vs. Hillary Clinton’s lies, PTSD, Freud and Jung and realizing our capacity for evil.
The following passage(s) resonated most strongly with me, and I’m paraphrasing the conversation in the most coherent way possible. Before I start, I note that I am a cis-gender male who embraces climbing the dominance hierarchy, and all the shit that comes with it. I reject political and social orthodoxy and absolutism from both the left and right when it conflicts with science, intellectualism, and the hard-fought principles of humanism, individualism, and the enlightenment.
Unlike chimps, human females are choosy about their mating partners. Alpha chimps pass on their genes because they dominate and push off lesser chimps. In the 6 million years since humans split from chimps genetically, we have created our own male dominance hierarchy (DH) mediated by FEMALES but chosen by males who push those with power, influence or leadership to the top, who then pass on their genes with the females who select them.
As humans, we are optimized to live in tribes of up to 100 to 250 people (Dunbar’s number). That number is big enough where climbing to the top of the hierarchy feels important, but small enough where it is achievable, compared to the entire world/civilization.
On average, we have twice as many female ancestors than we do males ones because females on average reproduce once, and males on average reproduce twice or not at all. Men are well adapted to both accepting the presence of the hierarchy and learning how to climb it so that he can leave a genetic contribution. Over time, our observation of the evolution of the DH spawns hero mythologies- the hero is the man who kills the snake, who slays the dragon and gets the gold to bring back to the village. He is also mostly likely to find and claim the virgin in this mythology. The classic male dominance hierarchy is a mechanism that selects heroes and breeds them, and since we tell stories about heroes, the classic dominance hierarchy is as much as cultural and societal narrative as it is a form of genetic and sexual selection. The societal narrative for the description of people as admirable or not admirable evolves into categories from which we derive good and evil – we can then imagine the perfect person. The meta-admirable is a hero, a religious figure, a messiah.
Men compete because women like winners, and hetero males are shamed for that in a post modern society. Post modernists reject the classic male structures because they realize that they can’t compete in this hierarchy. They compete as allies, which is why “male feminists” (a crude catch-all that doesn’t encompass the complexity of modern male/female relationship dynamics) are still seen as “creepy/sneaky”, particularly when they are discriminatory towards classic male behavior.
Did you guys enjoy the podcast? What stood out most to you? Let’s discuss!
My dear readers,
Today I’m introducing a new column on my blog that is dedicated to highlighting the works of unique people across the world who inspire me through their life’s calling. The first of these individuals that I want to share with you all is Tim Ferriss. FYI, I don’t get paid for any endorsements of people or products on my blog – I’m passing the goodwill forward.
Nowadays, I often ask friends and strangers alike in conversation if they’ve ever heard of Tim Ferriss. Most of them say no, which then leads me to give a rambling and inadequate description of a modern day renaissance man who is best described as a jack of all trades and a master of many.
Tim Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, self-proclaimed “human guinea pig”, and public speaker. He has written a number of self-help books on the “4-hour” theme, some of which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, starting with The 4-Hour Workweek. Ferriss is also an angel investor and an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, and Uber, among other companies.
Over the last few years, he’s dedicated the majority of his time to his radio podcast, which now has exceeded 100 million downloads, and is consistently rated among the best of iTunes for several years running. He is the “Oprah of audio” – in his 2 hour+ conversations, Tim engagingly interviews elite performers across all industries (finance, creative, military, sports, political, etc) and teases out their routines, tactics and mindset to the benefit of his listeners. Over the years, he’s featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Sharapova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, Malcolm Gladwell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin, Reid Hoffman, Jocko Willink, Whitney Cummings, Mike Shinoda, and 200+ more.
Here are three of my favorite interviews:
Tim Ferriss & Jocko Willink (The scariest NAVY SEAL alive, and what he taught me)
Tim Ferriss & Cory Booker (Senator from NJ – Street Fights, 10-Day Hunger Strikes, and Creative Problem-Solving)
Tim Ferriss & Ray Dalio (Founder of Bridgewater Associates – The Steve Jobs of Investing)
Recently, Tim published a book called Tools of Titans: which distills morsels of wisdom from his countless radio interviews organized generally along the lines of “health, wealth and wisdom (shoutout to Ben Franklin!)”.
In Tools of Titans, one particular entry on building morning routines resonated with me greatly, and I can say with absolute certainty that it has changed my life for the better. I strongly recommend that you guys check out the full audio explanation here.
In short, if we win the morning, we win the day. Here are 5 things to help us kick start our routines.
- Make your bed (countless people have stressed the importance of this)
- Meditate (more than 85% of people interviewed on his radio podcast have some type of mindfulness ritual, even if its 10 minutes a day in the morning with Calm or Headspace. I use Calm)
- Do 5 to 10 reps of any physical activity (or a quick morning routine to get the blood flowing. Typically I’ll do a combination of burpees, pushups and air squats while I’m boiling water for coffee)
- Make some coffee/tea
- Write in a journal (TF introduced me to the 5-minute journal which is a short and structured form of writing that helps me prime my brain to more grateful, to see the greatness that exists every day, and to critically assess where I can make things even better. I can’t stress how beneficial this formatted writing exercise has been, from a former frat bro who wouldn’t be caught dead doing something like meditating or journaling)
There are many other positive things to say about Tim Ferriss and his work, but I’m continuously grateful for his content (all free) and for the insightful takeaways from his conversations with high achievers that I admire personally and professionally. If you guys don’t know TF yet, go check out what he has to offer!