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12 Rules for Life Typos in Rule 1

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson. Typos in rule 1:

The animals advance on each other, with increasing speed.

Delete the comma.

Its original brain just isn’t sophisticated to manage the transformation from king to bottom dog without virtually complete dissolution and regrowth.

Missing the word "enough" after "sophisticated".

Now evolution works, in large part, through variation and natural selection.

Delete "now" or put a comma after it.

The “fit” in “fitness” is therefore the matching of organismal attribute to environmental demand.

Should be plural "attributes" (or "an" organismal attribute).

When operating at the bottom, the ancient brain counter assumes that even the smallest unexpected impediment might produce an uncontrollable chain of negative events, which will have to be handled alone, as useful friends are rare indeed, on society’s fringes.

Delete the comma after "indeed".

Delete the comma after "alone". "As" is like "because" here, and see https://www.grammarly.com/blog/comma-before-because/

Most people have been subject to the deafening howling of feedback at a concert, when the sound system squeals painfully.

Delete the comma.

You will therefore continually sacrifice what you could otherwise physically store for the future, using it up on heightened readiness and the possibility of immediate panicked action in the present.

I think the text "the possibility of" should be deleted. This is redundantly talking about resources used for readiness and then, basically, readiness again (dealing with a possibility is a readiness issue). So maybe the second point should say actual panicked action rather than the possibility of it?

Elliot Temple on February 15, 2018

Messages (5)

FYI I plan to listen to the rest of the book, so I don't expect to report further typos.

curi at 2:58 PM on February 15, 2018 | #9536 | reply | quote

Jordan Peterson saw my email about the typos and thanked me for this :)

curi at 4:46 PM on February 15, 2018 | #9537 | reply | quote

Just ran into one in rule 2 as well. Page 60 , “ what good is that? It much better for any relationship “

Anonymous at 6:48 PM on February 17, 2018 | #9564 | reply | quote

Another :)

Hi, thought I’d add to the list... page 23 “Often they are people whose fathers who were excessively angry and controlling.”

I’ve reached out to Penguin Random House here in Canada but haven’t heard anything back.


DW H at 8:29 PM on February 3, 2019 | #11777 | reply | quote

Rule 11 - P. 286

“The playgrounds were hastily removed, even though they were sufficiently safe, grandfathered re their insurability, and often paid for (and quite recently) by parents.”

Should be:

“grandfathered were ...”

Anonymous at 2:32 PM on August 2, 2020 | #16943 | reply | quote

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