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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 You Think for Yourself Without Falsification, You’ll Go Crazy

If you try to verify that your wife doesn’t like talking to you (for example), you’ll focus on the times she doesn’t talk to you, whereas if you try to falsify that your wife doesn’t like talking to you, you’ll focus on the times she speaks to you.

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.


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.

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 name is Ludwig, Mr. Ludwig, but you don’t actually know that, nor do you actually know if the words I used mean what you think they mean...

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. 


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?" 

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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, and upcoming publications of Pidgeonholes and Assure Press.