Dec. 1, 2022 Jordan Peterson Podcast: Viral: The Origin of Covid-19 with Matt Ridley.
Matthew White Ridley, 5th Viscount Ridley (1958) is a British science writer, journalist and businessman. He is known for his writings on science, the environment and economics (Wiki). While the interview has many revelations on the origin and politics of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are a few comments or queries we can clarify from our our own particular perspective on postmodernism.
Ridley is almost naive in his exploration of the postmodern world. He has just recently discovered that he had to go back to the 90s of the last century to find scientific articles written from the perspective of truth seeking. Our own experience of encroaching postmodernism goes back to the early years of the new millennium. The turn of the century was definitely Ground Zero for the death of objective reality.
Once again we need to disentangle the confusion with respect to the Enlightenment. The epoch of reason must be sought much earlier. It is not rooted in the Enlightenment, but rather in the Scientific Revolution in the 1600s. The Enlightenment 200 years later by contrast was a reaction to the rational approach to reality and oriented itself on feelings and emotions rather than rational thought. Postmodernism is itself the ultimate product of the Enlightenment. More this in the series on The Counter Enlightenment.
Peterson has an extremely interesting observation on the now extinct “reverence of the scientific attachment to transcendent truth” that is in itself a moral and almost religious approach to reality that collapsed with the onset of postmodernism, as the transcendent truth was no longer the object of science. Instead politics became its true north, because that is where the funding is coming from. It clarifies why the dichotomy between science and religion was always a false one.
It is all very new to Ridley who apparently has lived in the cocoon of the House of Lords far too long. Turns out that what makes him come out of bed in the morning is not a rational thought, but another Transcendental: Love of the Transcendent Truth. But otherwise Ridley is a typical product of his epoch that mistakes its own prejudices for objective truth, forgetting that the Enlightenment itself is a Pandora’s box full of dogma.
Back to Covid-19 Dr Robert Malone had a few interesting observations on the pandemic.
Nov. 25, 2022 War Room – Dr Malone: Globalists Are “Doubling Down” On Their COVID-19 Restrictions, G20 Summit Proposes Vaccine Passports.
Here are more links to that debate with Malone and researcher Natalie Winters.
Dr Malone: Ron Johnson’s COVID-19 Hearings Will Disseminate Left’s COVID-19 Lies And Manipulation (video)
Dr Malone: The Financial Community Had An “Intent To Exploit The COVID-19 Outbreak” For Their Personal Gain (video)
Natalie Winters: Investigations Exposing Fauci’s Lies, COVID-19 Origins Pose An Existential Threat To Globalism (video)
Natalie Winters: Chinese Communist Party Weaponized Lockdowns To Wage Economic And Political Warfare On America (video)