My favorite part is where Peterson bashes HR departments:
COWEN: If we turn to senior management of large American companies, as a class of people — and I know it’s hard to generalize — but what do you see them as just not getting?
PETERSON: I would caution them not to underestimate the danger of their human resources departments.
That’s exactly what my sister always says. The moment a company is large enough to make its leaders erroneously believe it needs an HR department, that’s when all hope for anything good dies. And those of us who are in academia can definitely agree.
This part is something he hasn’t thought through very clearly:
Our current prime minister has made a huge mistake by not putting down firm policies about what happens when you cross the border illegally. All that does is mess things up. But there wasn’t anti-immigration sentiment in Canada before that, even though, as I said, there’s tremendous amount of immigration into Canada.
Quebec is Canada, last I checked. But leaving aside Quebec, even in Toronto that he so loves there is a huge Chinese community that is entirely isolated from Canadian life. Ask any immigrant from anywhere how many of his or her close friends aren’t immigrants and, aside from the folks who were brought to the country as kids, the answer is likely to be none. In the five years I lived in Canada, I was never inside the home of anybody who wasn’t an immigrant. Never, not once. People were friendly but there was always a distance. But I was in the homes of folks from Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Kenya, Iran, India, Spain, and Hong Kong constantly. (I was young, so there was a lot of hanging out together). So my suggestion is, ask an immigrant if there’s anti-immigrant sentiment. There is a lot of segregation into ethnic communities in Canada, and the crossover mostly happens from one ethnic community into another. From this group of friends I listed, everybody I know about married another immigrant, and not necessarily from their own country.
I loved this part, though:
But one thing we do know is that if you exercise — and weightlifting and aerobic exercise both work — that you can restore your cognitive abilities at age 50 to approximately what they were at age 30. That’s almost all a consequence of increased physical fitness.
And this great part about why my job is extremely important:
COWEN: What’s the main thing you learned over the years, living with those works, viewing the propaganda, thinking about it every day, every night?
PETERSON: Art wins.
COWEN: Art wins over propaganda. Why?
PETERSON: All the time, yeah. Nothing wins over art. Nothing is powerful enough to stand in the way of art.
This is so true.
There’s also a good part on cognitive ability. It’s a good interview.