Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has left Twitter, complaining that the platform is “inherently and dangerously insane”.
Verity Johnson is an Oakland-based author and business owner.
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Step forward Jordan Peterson. Until now, he has been a brilliant, rather harsh psychologist-philosopher who made his living speaking to disenfranchised young people and opposing a culture of awakening intellectuals.
He’s not an unintelligent guy, he makes some interesting philosophical arguments that I sometimes listen to (even if I disagree.)
But God, I don’t believe he’ll give me a nuanced critique of female beauty. It’s like asking Keith Richards for advice on Prohibitionism, or digging into magical realism in Latin American literature from my dishwasher.
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Last week, however, he ditched his pop-philosophical sensible sweater and dipped into the scantily clad shallows of a swimsuit model.
Basically, Sports Illustrated [magazine] Their first plus-size Asian model was on the cover. Peterson knocked on the door, “Sorry. Not beautiful. No amount of authoritarian tolerance will change that.” He digs deeper, arguing that awakening culture is benevolently brainwashing men into thinking fat women are sexy when in fact They’re not sexy.
He was then so burned by the Twitter backlash that he quit. He left Twitter, complaining that the platform was “inherently and dangerously insane”.
Interestingly, he was right.
I’m not talking about swimwear and sexy. I mean Twitter caused the madness. I’ve always suspected it infected its users with some kind of internet-age insanity.
I call this digital solipsism. And I don’t think Peterson knew it, but he’s caught it.
Solipsism traditionally means that you are very self-centered in the way you see the world. It comes from the philosophical idea that any knowledge beyond the self cannot be trusted.
So to me, digital solipsism is when you spend too much time online, especially on social media. So much so that you begin to think that your own immediate, immediate response to a problem is the same as a general, relevant social insight into it. You wrongly extrapolate the personal to the universal.
Peterson is a classic here. He clearly doesn’t find curvy women attractive. (I disagree, but understand that’s his point.) But the problem is he doesn’t just tweet, “Sorry, I don’t find big women sexy.” He effectively says, “Sorry, I personally don’t find big men woman sexy, so Fat is not sexy. once. “It’s illogical.
Twitter is especially bad for encouraging this kind of knowledge-focused egocentricity. It’s a rapidly changing, constant, frictionless world with constant public opinion screaming. It doesn’t give your inner voice time to ask, “Is this a valid general social theory or am I just mad at something”?
The constant clamor of fans in the Twitter echo chamber gives you a wildly overhyped sense of your insights. Peterson is used to being heard. But he doesn’t have any real expertise in the evolution of female beauty or the business demands of media. He’s not even a Casanova-esque connoisseur of female beauty. He’s just a guy who likes skinny chicks.
However, digital solipsism means that everyone is encouraged to think that every word he says is genius. So now, he thinks his narrow personal fantasies reflect the deep, vast, mysterious depths that humans find truly attractive. Gosh, this is so naive.
So thankfully, he left Twitter. Not just for us, but for himself.
Numerical solipsism has transformed him from a mildly antagonistic but somewhat interesting philosopher of logic into a stupid, ill-informed, and I think that’s why it’s really a bit argumentative. Social media made him famous, but also apparently ruined what he was famous for. his thoughts.