This is a conversation with David Fuller, documentary filmmaker and founder of Rebel Wisdom. Rebel Wisdom is described as ‘the cutting edge of a new counterculture’, and has produced documentaries on Jordan Peterson and interviews with Bret Weinstein, Jamie Wheal, Rupert Sheldrake, Michael Pollan, and others.
I reached out to David in June 2018 and met him at Rebel Wisdom HQ in Hackney, London. This conversation begins by unpacking David’s personal motivation and its relationship to the burgeoning evolution of online sense-making, with notable reference to the Intellectual Dark Web and Jordan Peterson. Beyond, we discuss the psychology of individual change, and the tension accompanying both individual development and the current social zeitgeist in which many now find themselves searching for answers.
0.45 What is Rebel Wisdom about? Why do it?
2.00 On ideas breaking down in Western society.
4.40 What is the Intellectual Dark Web?
7.20 Jordan Peterson and the exponential curve.
9.40 Cycles of transformation.
10.30 Is our culture on the downward curve?
12.30 Nodes, individuals, and Trump.
14.00 Mysticism, the imagination, and rationality in cycles of transformation.
14.45 Jordan Peterson’s ideas and honesty.
16.45 What structure best enables individual transformation?
18.00 Spiral dynamics.
21.00 Balkanisation in the U.S. and a hollow core.
27.00 Love as a bridge-maker in conflict.
29.00 Moving towards conflict.
31.00 Is Jordan Peterson an optimist or a pessimist?
31.40 Jordan Peterson and the kingdom of God on the hill.
34.00 Mysticism and analysis.
38.00 Grounding ourselves in ourselves, and men’s work.