Episode 6. Deconstructing the Guru effect and… Jordan Peterson

This episode is almost entirely inspired by Dan Sperber’s seminal paper “The Guru effect”, which can be thought as a sort of cognitive bug that often makes us judge deep what we have simply failed to grasp. We talk about the many ways in which complicated ways of expression fool us into thinking that we are in the presence of something transcendentally intelligent… if we could only understand it.The end of our path takes us to no other than to the Canadian Psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson, who sometimes operates according to the Guru mechanic although seemingly unintentionally.

If you want to read from the source, find Sperber’s paper “The Guru effect” here and/or read James Lindsay’s article “The guru appeal of Jordan Peterson in our post-everything world” here.

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