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Jordan B. Peterson:
Interviews, audio files, books

I’m maintaining a personal archive of interviews with, and recordings of, U of T professor Jordan B. Peterson. My emphasis here is on publishing audio files of YouTube videos, because we all have better things to do that sitting fixedly at a computer watching a video when we could just listen to it. You can also download much more usable versions of Peterson’s PDF of his book Maps of Meaning.

Peterson’s own podcast

Peterson now has his own podcast. To subscribe to any podcast, all you need is its RSS feed:

iTunes, Apple, and SoundCloud all are completely independent from podcasting. Podcasts are audio files published by RSS. You don’t need iTunes or Apple for a podcast, and SoundCloud files aren’t podcasts. This may be the first time you were told any of that.

YouTube interviews

You can save these alternative files wherever you wish (and, for example, add them to your podcast player, if, like Overcast, it allows you to do so). Audio files now have much more complete metadata and custom artwork, as they should have all along.

Date Description & homepage Alternatives
2016 December 13 James Hergott (Hergott Show, Episode 3) Audio only (.MP3)
November 29 Jonathan Pageau:
  1. Part 1 (“Tradition and Things That Don’t Fit”)

  2. Part 2 (“The Metaphysics of Pepe”), from 2017 January 3

Audio only (.MP3): Part 1; Part 2
November 21 Sam Sholli (None of the Above) Audio only (.MP3)
November 19 Debate on Bill C‑16 (one of several versions) Audio only (.MP3)
November 11 Theryn Meyer Audio only (.MP3)
October 27 “Where Do SJWs Come From?” (interview with Peterson and Christine Brophy; YouTube) Audio only (.MP3)
October 11 Gad Saad (Saad Truth 265) Audio only (.MP3)
September 16 Peterson and John Vervaeke Discuss the Meaning of Life Audio only (.MP3)

Other interviews

You can download these directly at source.

  1. Joe Rogan

  2. Debate on TVO’s The Agenda

Not included so far

Peterson’s own lectures and monologues.

Maps of Meaning

Peterson’s book Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief was published by Routledge in 1999. Peterson offers two technically unworkable PDFs of the book for download. I improved those PDFs were possible.

Jordan’s original PDF, dated 2002 (avoid)
Improved PDF: Has bookmarks and index; is a tagged PDF but is not claimed to be accessible; does not and will not link endnotes to their references; awful typography could not be improved; many typos even in headings fixed in bookmarks
Jordan’s original Russian PDF of Карта смыслов, dated 2009 (also avoid)
Marginally improved PDF: This file is so technically broken that the improvements are slight. Even the character encoding is broken, so good luck always seeing Cyrillic characters. Bookmark addition was impossible. Tags added; indexing was pointless

To properly republish Maps of Meaning would mean converting it to a well-tested ePub file so one could read it as an E‑book. I don’t see that happening.

Finally, a bit of advice for anyone writing about Bill C‑16

Peterson rose to prominence in 2016 by discussing the implications of the Canadian federal legislation know as Bill C‑16. You do not write the name of that bill with a hyphen (the normal character you see on your keyboard, typically between 0 and =). You have to use a nonbreaking hyphen, otherwise your carefully measured words about this legislation will seem to be talking about Bill C‑
16 (with unwanted linebreaks in the middle of what should be inseparable character sequence).

(First time you’ve heard of that, too? Good thing you come to my site, then. You learn things.)

You have to use a nonbreaking hyphen even on Twitter and Facebook, because lines break there, too. (You won’t. The House of Commons homepage for that bill doesn’t, either.)

Updated: 2017.01.09 16:04

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