Mr. Peterson is a self taught philosopher. His view is that everyone wants to understand the philosophical founding governing of what a proper human existence is and requires right here on earth. They want to understand this because they have a natural curiosity as to whether they fit into that definition or not. They may not be sure they are going to like what they discover but they want to know anyway just in case they might already be doing the right kinds of things for the right kind of reasons.
Being a natural problem solver; Mr. Peterson holds a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, he is well suited to apply his problem solving ability to the most serious issues facing human beings. And yes contrary to the beliefs of most of the 2010 republican Presidential candidates, that does cover a period greater than six thousand years.
Having experienced the absurdity of organized philosophic instruction as offered at the undergraduate level, Mr. Peterson purposefully avoided any further contact with that kind of philosophy nonsense. However at thirty-nine years of age Mr. Peterson faced a mind altering experience. In August of 1980 he watched his ten-and-a-half year old daughter Kristin die. He did not understand how to respond to “what in the hell had just happened?” He cried every single day for the next twenty years until he was able to figure it out. And it is philosophy that provided him the language he required to do that. He did not know at that time what the name of that philosophy is. That was December 1999. It has taken until now for him to advance his use of the human language to the point where he is able to explain it to others.