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

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What does it mean to call someone “smart” if at best all we ever know is maybe 1% of all there is to know? Okay, let’s be generous: let’s say we can know 10%. What was failing in High School? 69%? Yea, I don’t think any of us are very smart.

Thinking there are “smart people” out there, we come to overestimate how much people know. We need to get it deep in our bones: we don’t really know anything. We know a sliver of a sliver of a…


(Blog) Shouldn’t they share an inverse relationship?

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It’s a cliché now, associating genius and madness: the market is saturated with movies and shows about it. The Queen’s Gambit, PI, Whiplash — I could go on. Why does this stereotype resonate? Well, because Nikola Tesla seems to have loved a pigeon and John Nash developed schizophrenia — the stereotype is backed by evidence. But isn’t that strange? If genius is the ability to reason, and madness the inability to reason, shouldn’t they share an inverse relationship versus correlate?

Well, the conflation of “true” and “rational” might be throwing us off, which…


(Essay) Existential Empathy, Irony, and Love

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No one who lacks critical thinking thinks they lack critical thinking, for it takes critical thinking to realize you lack it. Hence, when it comes to defining critical thinking, we are presented with a paradox. To start, no one reading this paper will think they need to read it, for no one thinks they aren’t familiar with critical thinking, and yet this sense of familiarity is precisely why a person would need to read this paper. There will be readers who can critically think and those who cannot, yet everyone will think they belong…


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

(This reflection will expand on topics presented in “Belonging Again” by O.G. Rose.)

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We don’t fully know a language until we don’t have to translate it. A native English speaker, I don’t have to “translate” English when I hear it: I just “know” what it means. Perhaps in a sense I am translating the words into concepts, but I’m certainly not translating English into Latin and then into concepts. …


Previews of Pieces by O.G. Rose

This is a preview list of short pieces I wrote focused on sociopolitical, education, and economic topics. I hope you see something in here that you find interesting!

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Market Legitimization

If “the real economy” suffers tremendously but the stock market does well, the citizenship will question if the market serves the broader public instead of an elite minority.

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MAD Capitalism and Mixed Market Rationality

Today, thanks to “rational” MAD, regardless how irresponsible enterprises are, the foolishness of their risks, and their disregard of the overall economy, the American government must save those enterprises…


(Essay) Explaining and Justifying Christian Thought

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How do we know about God, and how do we live out that knowledge? Reason and revelation are often placed in opposition of one another, but from Austin Farrer we can learn to appreciate how reason makes it possible for us to ascent to a “vague God” that can make us “will” to experience “the particular God” of Jesus Christ disclosed in revelation. Without reason, we could never make it to revelation. …


(Blog) Conservatism and Liberalism on the Relationship Between Standards of Living, Family Strength, and State Involvement.

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Kennan Grant proposed the following consideration:

If sufficient economic hardship inevitably produces a minority of violent, extremist political powers — be they fascist or communist or what have you — and if that minority is all it takes to intimidate the majority into compliance because the majority is, at their best, protecting their dependents…

Then aren’t you left with only two solutions?

Solution 1: The society never falls into economic ruin.

Solution 2: Families decide, as entire families, to be courageous and defiant. No…


(Blog) Ideas are hard to live by, while experiences are natural.

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There are situations that, once we’re in, a tragic trade-off is inevitable. It’s best to avoid these situations in the first place, but until we’re in them, we only have the idea of how difficult the situations will be, not the experiences. “Ideas are not experiences” — as the paper by that name argues — and ideas are much weaker at compelling human action than experiences. …


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

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Thesis

The “Protestant Work Ethic” that the sociological Max Weber identified in Protestantism is not the description of an essential dimension of Protestantism, but the description of a symptom of something deeper. That deeper problem in Protestantism is its susceptibility to Heideggerian and Deleuzian “capture” due to the Protestant rejection of “sacramental ontology.”

In other words, because Protestants don’t believe the universe entails a divine order that can be “discovered,” Protestants are susceptible to being controlled by the socioeconomic systems, technologies, moods, and so on of the…


(Essay) Deductions Based on William Wilson’s “A Proof of the Faith”

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In the modern world, as brought out by the debate between Isaiah Berlin and A.J. Ayers, a particular epistemological error is common. The first is that when told by the teacher that “it is raining outside,” the students conclude that since they haven’t seen it raining, they have no reason to believe that what the teacher claims is meaningful. The second mistake is that the student who is on the verge of running out to see if it is raining stops himself, because he realizes that he has no…

O.G. Rose

UNO Prize Finalist. Pushcart Nominee. Write Launch. Iowa Review. Allegory Ridge. Streetlight. Ponder. Pidgeonholes. W&M Review. Poydras. Toho. www.ogrose.com

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