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Aliens, Seatbelts, and the Coronavirus

There is always a gray zone between anxiety and wise precaution.

The Class Marx Missed

Capitalism can collapse but doesn’t have to inevitably like Marx thought.

Pangolins and Sandcastles

After a few hours, the adults finish their intricate sand-city.

A Beautiful End

If you want democracy to survive and Capitalism to be its best form, then you should defend beauty.

Midwives and Metaphors

Language is the culprit.

Hope Entails Expectation, but Expectation isn’t Hope

Mess with fire as little as you can.

Market Legitimization

Markets, law, and government all have a similar problem.

Ideas are Practically Eyes

Ideas define practicality.

MAD Capitalism and Mixed Market Rationality

It’s rational to be invincible, but what if invincibility only benefits you?

Breaking New(s)

If you skip the old books and go straight to the breaking news, it will probably just break you.

You Couldn’t Have Been Listening if You Don’t Think Like Me

If someone doesn’t change their views into yours, they must be closed-minded.

Ascent Landing

If you can’t tell if it’s true, ask whom it will help (but don’t assume that’s easy to determine).

Feeling Good About School

School can train us to “always” wait for our feeling of being reasonable to be confirmed.

Søren or Holden on a Roof

You are born in a theater and have never been outside...

If We Think for Ourselves Without Falsification, We’ll Probably Go Crazy.

Both crazy people and geniuses think for themselves. The difference is that a crazy person tries to verify their crazy ideas, while geniuses try to falsify them.

Arguing Hume Through a Wedding Venue

If I believe it’s going to rain today, it is rational for me to bring along my umbrella, but if it doesn’t rain, does that mean I acted illogically?

In Infinite Information Over Enough Time…

All ideas lacking internal contradiction will be discovered, plausible, intellectually dishonest to outright dismiss, and possibly wrong.

On Consciousness, Creativity, and Being

To talk about consciousness is to take your life into your own hands.

(Free) Will

We almost always start the debating trying to argue a person "out" of a belief in free will.

Political Packages and Ultimatums

Expand Beyond “Left and Right” to include “Up and Down.”

Is Capitalism Today Zero-Sum?

Growth Can Be When All Ships Rise Together, but What if Growth Stops?

If “What Is the Meaning of My Life?” Doesn’t Work, Try “What Do I Find Beautiful?”

Look at beauty and increase your capacity to experience it. Meaning can be found indirectly.

On “How Do We Escape? by Justin Murphy and Johannes Niederhauser”

Our “towardness” to the world has changed: everything is a potential commodity for our online lives.

Check Out Flourish Tech

Relationships Require Skills.

The Unexamined Life Isn’t Easy to Live

There’s better life insurance out there.

Story Is The Structure of Life and Fiction

"Fiction" and "false" are not always similes, which adds complexity.

Certainty Entails a Lot of Unintended Consequences

Certainty makes us fearful, fragile, anti-diverse, nihilistic, vulnerable to conspiracies, and hurts democracy.

Anxiety and Schrödinger’s Conceivability Structures

Today, we personally experiencing our lack of omniscience and the impossibility of particularizing general conceivability structures in large systems, and this entails existential consequences.

Memory Is the Mind’s Air

Memories are the conditions that make thought and finding patterns possible; without them, our lives live through us more than we live our lives.

Phenomenology as a Method for Avoiding Formalism

We need definitions and structures, but how can we create them without risking arbitrary restriction and oppression?

Structural Homomorphism in Argument

Failure to understand the “sharing of argumentative forms” leaves us defenseless against a way our minds seek to trick us.

On the Term “Subjective”

It might not mean humility.

Short Pieces on Thinking About Thinking

This is a preview list of short pieces I wrote focused on “thinking about thinking,” mental models, epistemology, and the like...

On the Invasion of the Capitol and Our Brains

Why do we believe someone is behind everything?

Is Social Media a Crowded Movie Theater?

If we accept limiting free speech in a crowded space, then we need to have a hard conversation about social media.

Is There Ever Real Progress in Philosophy?

If the Great Conversation never ends, why bother?

Are There No Answers In Philosophy?

We are surrounded by questions we can only answer incompletely,

Are People Being Radicalized?

YouTube is accused of causing radicalization, but is “radicalization” even a useful category?

Everyone Is Rational

The problems we need to solve are much deeper.

Why Calls for Unity Don't Work 

Until we achieve “substantive democracy,” replace “tolerance” with “humility,” accept possible vulnerability to moral monsters, and accept the impossibility of certainty, calls for unity will feel scripted.


“Talking” is about dinner, what we did today, how we’re feeling, etc. “Metatalking” is about why we thought it was good to do what we did today, why we felt x way when y happened, etc. Relationships, politics, and the like suffer without both.


Is It Good to Want to Be Missed?

Is it good to want people to miss us when we’re gone? Or is that selfish? 


On Justification and Consequences to Others 

The amount of justification an argument needs to be accepted should be considered as relative to the degree that the consequences of the argument are contained and individuated versus uncontained and nonindividuated. 


Rationality Is Mostly About Making Good Bets 

Well too bad we live mostly in a world of probabilities, though by how rationality and logic are often discussed, it’s suggested we live in a world composed mostly of basic syllogisms.

I Think, Therefore There Is Reason To Think 

Descartes does not prove we exist, only that we are a closed system that must assume our existence in order to proceed. 

Essence, Substance, and Form

"That chair," "a chair," and "the idea of that/a chair." 


Art Is a Source for Mental Models

Art, practical, expands our toolbox, increasing our diversity of tools, and it’s inevitable that we’ll need our toolbox.

Systems Think Before Systematically Thinking 

If we work hard with the wrong tool, we won’t get much done. 


Reality Handicaps Preventive Measures

It’s improbable humans will take preventive measures, especially if those measures are costly...


Economic Hardship, Resulting Extremism, and Mob Rule

Conservatism and Liberalism on the relationship between standards of living, family strength, and State involvement. 


Native Tongues and Native Worldviews

How we don’t fully know a language or fully believe what we have to translate — or at least don’t feel like it.


Why Do Madness and Genius Like to Tango?

Shouldn’t they share an inverse relationship? 


None of Us Are Very Smart

We should focus on “being logical” more than “being intelligent.”



The Creative Concord

Without creativity, the artifex disappears. Once that occurs, the bourgeoisie and the proletariat must clash.

Inception, Dichotomies, and Freedom

If you claim you are not being incepted, you are only saying that because I claimed that you were.


In teaching theory, we risk rendering theory meaningless.

Metamentality and the Dismodern Self

Descartes famously said "I think; therefore, I am’;" today, it would be more appropriate to say "I think you think I think you think; therefore, I am."

On Worry

Worry is something other people do. We never worry; we care.

Self-Delusion, the Toward-ness of Evidence, and the Paradox of Judgment

If we judge, we self-delude ourselves into an understanding of the world and those around us that lacks reality, yet the whole reason we judge is to determine what’s real. 

Should We Get Rid of the Internet?

People will generate culture even if they aren’t capable, and if society doesn’t equip its citizens properly, the generated culture will be one that dehumanizes and destroys.

On “Integrating People of Color” by Bernard Hankins

Bernard Hankins argues that a nation without imag-i-nation will never cease to be a nation of dis-crim-i-nation

Emotional Judgment

If I am happy, then nothing can take my happiness away. If I feel happy, it will last until I feel sad.

Joy to The World

The higher the joy, the less likely there is a bubble in the system.

Representing Beauty

Off and on, without conscious thought, we cannot help but view everything as a potential tweet, Facebook post, and/or picture.

On Materialism, Purpose, and Discernment

Without purpose, materialism is unavoidable.


In recognizing that we are all (im)moral, we are all better equipped to live with it.

Truth Organizes Values

If there is ultimately no way to determine truth, then there is ultimately no way to assure our values won’t turn against us.

The Incompleteness of Thought

Whatever you are thinking about is not what you are thinking about. 

Epistemic (Ir)responsibility

If a person allowed others to use a car that the owner knew was unsafe...

On Love

What do I say when I say "I love you?"

Discussing that Crazy “A is A” Paper by O.G. Rose

G: Seemed like the paper wanted to say that ontology and logic are always married...

On Want and Awe

Everyone has a self, and hence all acts are self-ish and no act is totally self-less...

Ideas are Not Experiences

Why does history repeat? Why can art we create feel like a failure? Why...?

On Certainty

What do we say when we say, “I’m certain...?”

Through (No)thing We Know

We understand what constitutes a cat through the idea of a cat, yet a cat is not its idea...


Why does one person find the case for x compelling while another finds the case against x convincing? 

On Thinking and Perceiving

If I look at a window and think about my grandmother, I perceive the window, but I do not think about it.

Deconstructing Common Life

Rationality is fundamentally incomplete and can only be balanced with a quest.


If I think “I’m hungry,” to say “I’m hungry” is to carry out sensualization.

On Words and Determinism

Words orientate, and relative to that orientation, create/realize the world/future (of a speaker).

Experiencing Thinking

How do humans experience thinking? Is it willed or does it just appear?

We Make Our Votes, and Then Our Votes Make Us

We need to stop believing we can determine what people think and who they are based on how they vote.

The Conflict of Mind

If x is true but there is no evidence verifying x, then it is irrational, intellectually irresponsible, and correct to believe x.

Innovating Credentials

Breaking up the college monopoly.

Aesthetics Then Ethics 

On particularity and how ethics without aesthetics is legalistic, inefficient, uninspiring, and risks totalitarianism.


Education can suggest in its medium that an educated person is someone who is good at trivia.

Flip Moments 

My present choices always redefine “always.”

On Beauty

What do we talk about when we talk about beauty? 

Trading Wages for Hours

Imagine someone will give you $10 for one hour of work. Now imagine that he will give you two hours of work if you agree to be paid $9 an hour... 


On “A is A”

On the logic and ontology of “ ‘A/(A-isn’t-A)’ is ‘A/(A-isn’t-A)’ (without B).”

Austin Farrer and the Problems of Verifiable Education

A person studies Karl Barth now to determine Barth’s theology, not what Barth was “on” when he wrote his theology and why...


The Protestant Work Ethic” Is Only Half the Story

When lacking sacramental ontology, Protestants are susceptible to being made by their tools.

The Theological Methodologies of Austin Farrer and Metaphor of Tolstoy

How do we know about God, and how do we live out that knowledge?

On Critical Thinking

No one who lacks critical thinking thinks they lack critical thinking, for it takes critical thinking to realize you lack it...

Creative Works


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.

My Cup

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.

A Life's Work

Twenty years after the old man started searching for his son, he received a new lead.

Giving Them What

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.

Let's Meet Someday

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...

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The Conflict of Mind: Major: Epistemological Problems

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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.

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Belonging Again (Nonfiction Book)


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?

Part 1

Feeling at peace could be a sign of "the banality of evil."

Part 2

Both Arendt’s “banality of evil” and Hunter’s “character” require community. Community is what makes possible both Hitler and Bonhoeffer.

Part 3

There are now more modes of belief than ever: the skepticism and enlightenment that were supposed to free individuals from belief helped multiply beliefs.

Part 4

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?" 

Part 5

What part does toleration play in these twin developments of large centralized states and the isolation of the individual?

Part 6

Identity requires allowances and restrictions, but restrictions risk injustice.

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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