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9/15 Saturday Quote


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Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

~ Albert Einstein

 

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9/9 Sunday Funday Quote


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At the heart of science is an essential tension between two seemingly contradictory attitudes — an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense. Of course, scientists make mistakes in trying to understand the world, but there is a built-in error-correcting mechanism: The collective enterprise of creative thinking and skeptical thinking together keeps the field on track.

~ Carl Sagan

Summer Reading #3 – 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos


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Welcome back folks!  Hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend.  Always good to have that nice long weekend with a short week to follow with.  With this amazing weather we had in Massachusetts, I took up the time to catch up on more reading at the beach.

Which brings us to today’s summer reading session.  This next book was written by a well-known clinical psychologist and psychology professor at the University of Toronto.  He released hundreds of videos criticizing many aspects of society, gaining widespread media coverage around the world.  Today’s book is Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos was written in January 2018 by Jordan Peterson.  The book chronicles 12 rules Peterson outlines for dealing with the chaos in life.  Each chapter is separated through one significant rule that will be discussed.  Some of these rules include ‘stand up straight with your shoulders back’ or ‘set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world’.

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During each chapter, he begins throwing personal examples out onto the table.  Some stories include his friends, families, and even people he connected with during his line of work.  This aspect not only make the book comical to read, but it also draws me more connected to some of the scenarios.

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After the personal stories are told, things start to get REAL interesting.  Peterson draws in references with every idea he is explaining.  Sometimes he refers to famous philosophers like Friedrich Nietzsche or people in the science world.  His ideas go so deep that they even refer back to the famous stories in religious history.

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One of my favorite parts of the novel is when he refers his ideas with pop culture.  He outlines the philosophy of stories such as Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio (fyi, the story about Pinocchio is another mind-blowing post that I will discuss later this week!).  In any case, these culture references always refer back to the main idea of the chapter.  Whether it be the bible or The Simpsons (which he really did use as an example!), each element proved to be successful in articulating his points.

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Reading 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos was truly an adventure itself.  It doesn’t discuss how life should be; rather, it delves into how you should prepare for life when things get chaotic.  The key idea of preparing for chaos is ORDER, which is discussed in many chapters of the book.  Order is a key antidote to CHAOS, and the title itself is a subtle hint as to what this book will be about.

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The world can be perplexing and complicated at times.  Reading through Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos can help to sort the clutter within your life.  There are lots of simple, yet philosophical ideas to take away from each chapter.

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Check out Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.  Maybe reading this book will help you set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.