Just to be clear: this is not a Book Club for reading Jordan Peterson's books. He's only written two, so that would be a pretty short-lived Meetup.
I've been reading books recommended by Jordan Peterson (see the link above) and other books from his in-crowd, and I'd like a venue to discuss with like-minded people. I enjoy Peterson's free-ranging through ideas from the highly conceptual all the way down to the deeply personal, and the way he looks for patterns across psychology, neuroscience, religion, mythology, philosophy, anthropology, history; essentially, whatever is human is interesting. I'd love to talk with other people who also enjoy the same mode of conversation. In time, I hope together we can create a group that's open, honest, stimulating, challenging, supportive, abstract, and personal.
What this group will not be about: SJWs, culture wars, free speech, Peterson himself as a topic. We can discuss those topics, of course, but I'm exhausted of the shallowness of the conversation around them. I feel that if you've watched one Peterson video addressing them, you've probably got the gist.
I do think there might be some interesting conversations to be had around the topic of Peterson's blind spots or areas where he's wrong, but again, I don't want to focus on that.
I see these conversations being a mix-and-match selection from the following, with plenty of room for suggestions.
1. Typical bookclub meeting. Members come prepared to discuss a book, including particular passages you found interesting, themes, etc. 2. A chosen theme, with members pulling from anything they've been reading, watching, listening to, or thinking about. 3. Personal experiences related to any of the topics we cover - for example, morality, religion, spirituality, personal transformation, psychological understanding, suffering, transcendence.
For a sample of the kinds of books I'd like to discuss: I just finished reading Beyond Good and Evil, and I'm making my way through Symbols of Transformation, Genealogy of Morals, and The Language of Creation (by Matthieu Pageau) right now. Next on my list are Eichmann in Jerusalem, A History of Religious Ideas, The Dark Forest (The Three Body Problem trilogy).
I just listened to McGilchrist on Hidden Brain, and I had previously tremendously enjoyed his talk with Peterson.
McGilchrist has a similar thesis to The Passion of the Western Mind, which is that we've spent 2000 years learning to prioritize a rationalist (not reasonable) mode of thinking which is not holistic and creates a worldview devoid of beauty, connection, and meaning. He illustrates this point with a lot of neuroscience.
Hope to see you all there!
Let's try Stella's on South Pearl and see if that's any better for the group. I'll call a couple of weeks before the meetup to make a rez when it becomes more clear how many people are coming.