On the J(P)Q
Most readers will know by now that there has been quite a bit of noise of late concerning the argument that erupted between Supreme Dark Lord Vox Day (PBUH) and philosophy professor (and YouTube superstar) Jordan B. Peterson, concerning the question of Jewish intelligence.
I have avoided commenting on this subject so far - partly because my opinion is largely irrelevant on this subject to begin with, since my blog is quite tiny in terms of readership and influence, but mostly because I saw no reason to shove my oar in between two intellectuals of that calibre.
Recent developments in the debate, however, have forced me to revise my opinion of Prof. Peterson, significantly.
Readers will know that I have been effusive in my praise of Prof. Peterson in the past. When I first heard his lectures, I thought, "At last! Here is a classical liberal who GETS IT, who understands that the SJWs of the Left are a serious problem who must be dealt with in as summary a fashion as possible, and who presents young men everywhere with a way out of their own personal private Hellscape."
I'd watched a few of his videos and I thought that he was very intelligent, highly erudite, and had a certain professorial charm about him that made him both likable and interesting - though there was no getting past the fact that he did take an awfully long time to get to the point. (Yes, I know, pot, kettle, etc.)
And I especially appreciated his utter evisceration of Cathy Newman in that epic Channel 4 showdown, in which he calmly and methodically ripped apart one of the Leftist intelligentsia's most well-known public figures on live international television.
But then the baleful gaze of the Supreme Dark Lord (PBUH) fell upon something that Prof. Peterson wrote some time back, and teh innarwebz has not quite been the same since.
He then linked to a study by Gregory Cochran which argues that Ashkenazi Jews have a significantly higher than average IQ as a group.
OK, so far, there is nothing too terribly controversial about this. While there is considerable debate about whether or not Ashkenazi Jews actually have a mean IQ of 115 - the evidence that has been unearthed so far indicates that this is nonsense and the actual number is, at most, about 108 - the fact is that Ashkenazim tend to be highly intelligent and are, in fact, hugely over-represented in high-achieving positions of power in science, medicine, law, politics, and technology.
The problem arises in a small but significant semantic shuffle that Prof. Peterson then performs later on in his blog post, to try to wave away the "conspiracy theory" of Jewish dominance over arts, sciences, politics, and other areas of public life:
So, what’s the story? No conspiracy. Get it? No conspiracy. Jewish people are over-represented in positions of competence and authority because, as a group, they have a higher mean IQ.
(Underlined emphasis is mine, other emphasis in original.)
That was a critical error. And there is nothing anti-Semitic at all in pointing this out.
The Supreme Dark Lord (PBUH) was polite but rather pointed in his dissection of Prof. Peterson's arguments:
In a follow-up post the next day, Vox Day did some actual maths and demonstrated precisely and numerically exactly why Prof. Peterson is simply wrong to argue that Jews have a significantly higher mean IQ, and that he is deeply wrong to argue that Jews do not play identity politics.
Since Vox released that Darkstream and the subsequent posts, there has been massive blow-back, starting with Prof. Peterson himself, and continuing on with his fans, who are outraged - OUTRAGED!!!, I tell you! - at the notion that someone has come along and dared to take on Prof. Peterson's arguments.
Our own good friend Adam Piggott, the Gentleman Adventurer, was addressed (indirectly) by Prof. Peterson himself on Twitter, and took some significant flak:
Heavens to Murgatroyd! as Bugs Bunny had it: A misogynistic antisemitic right-wing identity-politics ideologue disapproves of me... https://t.co/sh7leTf1Ti via @XYZ— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) April 30, 2018
- Jordan Peterson's fans are making both themselves and their idol look really dumb;
- It is no bad thing for Jews themselves to see one of their own most cherished personal myths debunked in public;
- Yet again, Prof. Peterson's fans aren't doing him any favours;
- Despite being taken very publicly to task for his methodology and arguments, Prof. Peterson still refuses to change his opinion or address the substance of the issue;
- Any actual objective look at the facts tells us that the mathematics are clearly on Vox's side;
- Prof. Peterson's arguments about ethics are dangerously relativistic;
- It turns out that these relativistic arguments were there right from the beginning of Prof. Peterson's writings;
- The behaviour of Prof. Peterson and, worse, his fans, indicates classic Gamma rage and projection;
- Once you stack Prof. Peterson's "12 Rules" up against the Dianetics of L. Ron Hubbard, well, it is eerie how closely the former's philosophy comes to the latter's;