It’s sure to go down as one of the greatest and most gruesome stories of psychology lore. And it happened on Sunday in Helsinki, Finland. During a discussion about the importance of multivariate analysis, Canadian professor and psychologist Jordan Peterson stuck a bat in his mouth. And chomped down hard. Lecture attendee Antti Restolainen said that he brought the bat and threw it onstage for Peterson as a gift.
Peterson picked it up and the rest is Intellectual Dark Web history. “He turned my gift to him into a gift for the world,” Restolainen said. The bat’s head came off in Peterson’s mouth. After the show, he refused to go to a local hospital for rabies shots. “He’s always been bloody fierce like that,” opening act Dave Rubin said.
The bat wasn’t the first animal to lose its head to Peterson’s teeth. In a 2017 meeting with Random House executives, Peterson bit the heads off not one, but two, live doves. Peterson had planned to end his appearance at the meeting by releasing three live doves into the air. But he got drunk before the meeting and then got upset when a PR executive confused the concepts of “equality of opportunity” and “equality of outcome.” Peterson said, “I pulled out one of these doves and bit its (expletive) head off. Just to shut her up. Then I did it again with the next dove, spitting the head out on the table. That’s when they they signed me to my book contract.”