Once upon a time, there was a girl who believed that if she confessed her love to her best friend, her life would leave her body: she would move on.
You touch my lips more than my old wife,
but how could I love you?
Can I join you? I love a porch at night, listening to frogs.
Twenty years after the old man started searching for his son, he received a new lead.
There is a room with a table, over which hangs a bright light. There is a key on the table and a box with a keyhole in the top. The rest of the stage is dark. To the left of the stage, outside the light over the table, stands a scientist in a lab coat.
I’m sorry we’re never going to meet. My hair is long and brown, my body pale and lean, my hands small. Can you see me now? You don’t have a voice, and my voice is strong, but it’s like I have no ears. But I can talk to you...
Many of us were taught that if we were intellectually rigorous and honest, we’d approach the truth, but what if it wasn’t so simple? What if we can be wrong because we are intellectually disciplined? The Conflict of Mind will explore this possibility and argue that it is not enough to be a good thinker: we also need the right mental models. But even if our epistemology is advanced, there are problems we cannot escape.
Essays in this collection will explore topics like how what we believe is right is organized by what we believe is true, and yet our capacities to know the truth are essentially limited. We need falsification to think for ourselves without going mad, but not everything true is falsifiable. To avoid repeating history, we need to be motivated to change how we act, but ideas are never as motivational as experiences, and once we begin experiencing a repetition of history, it’s too late. We need philosophy to avoid bigotry and totalitarianism, but philosophy itself can become a source of bigotry and totalitarianism.
To live with a brain is to live with a problem, and if we solve the problem, we’ll lose our minds. The brain is a challenge that must instead be managed—learning how to manage it will require our very best. The hope of these essays is to help.
With the decline of religion, what can provide people with the same sense of “belonging” to a community and to a story bigger than themselves?
Feeling at peace could be a sign of "the banality of evil."
Both Arendt’s “banality of evil” and Hunter’s “character” require community. Community is what makes possible both Hitler and Bonhoeffer.
There are now more modes of belief than ever: the skepticism and enlightenment that were supposed to free individuals from belief helped multiply beliefs.
Isn’t modern life, with all its existential anxiety, the loss of absolutism, Pluralism, and fragmentation, preferable to Nazi Germany and “the banality of evil?"
Does a growing State decrease the probability of violence by raising the stakes?
While at the University of Virginia, Rose spent several years working collaboratively with other artists at Eunoia, a creative community Rose helped develop in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rose now lives on a farm, manages a wedding venue named Mead Lake, operates Frozen Glory Photography, and teaches piano using visuals from Rose's Pattern Method.
A finalist for the 2020 UNO Press Lab Prize, Rose writes pieces interested in irony, misinterpretation, the subtle distinction between delusions and visions, and trade-offs between competing goods. Rose's creative works appear in The Write Launch, Allegory Ridge, Streetlight Magazine, Ponder Review, the Iowa Review website, The William and Mary Review, Assure Press, Toho, and Poydras Review.
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