She's Smart. She Tries to Dominate the Conservative. She Fails.
The ignorance even among highly intelligent leftists was clearly on display in this unforgettable video.. BBC TV interviewer Cathy Newman, of Channel 4, did her level best to destroy Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian Clinical Psychologist, and a conservative who came to prominence for his unapologetic and cogent defense of conservative ideas.
Newman finally found herself at a loss for words, and Peterson finally said, "Gotcha" Utterly surprised by her predicament, Newman said, "You have got me. You have got me. I'm trying to work it out in my head..."
Try as she might--and the woman is intelligent as hell--Newman was unable to out-reason Peterson. She never ruffled or riled him, whereas she could not help turning to visible sarcasm, when all else failed. Even that didn't work. Peterson often laughed--always in a friendly way. She never put a glove on this guy.
And Peterson's arguments always stayed right on target. He answered cogently and completely, in clear and unmistakable language. Newman, on the other hand, kept trying to turn what Peterson said into generalizations that made no sense.
The best example of Newman's absurdity comes in the following exchange, but it is not by any means the only whopper contained in this video, which I found captivating:
Peterson: "There's this "idea that hierarchical structures are a sociological construct of the western patriarchy. And that is so untrue that it's almost unbelievable. And I use the lobster as an example, because we diverged from lobsters...about 350 million years ago. Common ancestor. And lobsters exist in hierarchies, and have a nervous system attuned to the hierarchy, and that nervous system runs on serotonin, just like our nervous systems do. The nervous system of the lobster and the human being are so similar that antidepressants work on lobsters. And it's part of my attempt to demonstrate that the idea of hierarchy has absolutely nothing to do with socio-cultural construction."
Newman's ridiculous, oversimplistic response: Let me just get this straight. You're saying that we should organize our societies along the lines of the lobsters." [Yes, you read that right. You just can't make this stuff up!]
Peterson: "I'm saying that it's inevitable that there will be continuity in the way that animals and human beings organize their structures. It's absolutely inevitable. And there is 1/3 of a billion years of evolutionary history behind that."