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The first value of ROSE is effectiveness, the skill of arriving at your goal by the shortest possible route.

Without the desire to succeed, all else is empty words and grand delusions. Willpower is finite and will soon deplete -- instead, a truly effective person must arrange their environment such that achieving their objective is effortless. Pain is not the unit of effort. To be effective, one must know what they want and what they have, and figure out how to get the former with the latter.

Seek not to merely succeed, but to surpass your goals by so much that those less skilled envy your "talent" and wonder how you did it, as though by magic.

Eudaimonia means human flourishing, and that is exactly what the Guild's ultimate long-term goal is. Our vision is of a world where there is no petty, pointless suffering, and each person is able to realize the limits of their potential.

Here at ROSE, we believe that true rationality means using logic and emotion to shore up the weaknesses of the other. We also have a keen appreciation for the dangers that come with thinking one is superior, or attempting to force everyone into the same mold. One person's ideal life may not be the same as another's.

Our goal is not to retread the tired mistakes of history, but to empower individuals to improve their own lives as they see fit.

When we fix our eyes on the future, we have time-honored concepts like the Kardashev Scale waiting to tell us how far our technology has progressed. Yet when it comes to our ethical goals, all we've got is a sort of blur of good intentions.

The world has enough insular, inwards-focused communities. ROSE aims to be different. Kindness starts today, in the immediate environment each of us lives in. Service does not mean guilt or sacrifice -- it means taking actions that bring a long-term benefit to yourself and everyone around you.

Many communities pursue truth and clarity, yet allow their shared mental spaces to become a memetic battleground. Sacrificing truth for pithiness and clarity for expediency is a long-term strategic mistake. Our vision is of an organization where someone can be respected for saying something unpopular... if it proves to be true.

At ROSE, we strive to remain connected to the world, whether by sending students out to interact with the world, or by making iterative, data-driven improvements to our teaching methods. Evidence is not a burden to be avoided, but an opportunity to be treasured.

The fifth value of ROSE is empathy, the ability to understand and share another person's experience.

Many people consider empathy to be a sign of weakness, but nothing could be further from the truth. Empathy allows us to work together and reach greater heights than any one person could hope to achieve on their own. There are many emotions that push us apart -- greed, jealousy, vengefulness -- but empathy is one emotion that brings us together.

The fourth value of ROSE is honesty: finding, accepting, and telling the truth.

An accurate map cannot be drawn by sitting in a pitch-black room and scribbling on a piece of paper, nor would you trust a map drawn in such a manner. It's time to consign armchair theorizing to the garbage bin of history and embrace a new ideal: enlightenment requires empiricism.

Lying to yourself distorts your map of the world and allows it to become disconnected from reality. Just imagine trying to find your way in an unfamiliar city without a phone or guide. You might get to where you want eventually, but it would take twice as long and you'd have to stop constantly to ask for directions.

Lying to others may seem like a cheap way to get what you want, but it merely pushes the cost into the future. Sooner or later, the price will be paid -- either all at once when they find out, or slowly, as you spend time making sure they don't. Once you tell a lie, the truth is ever after your enemy.

The third value of ROSE is courage, the power to break from your personal pack.

Lesser courage allows you to disengage from memetic warfare in favor of thinking for yourself. Higher levels allow you to act on those thoughts. We've all heard the saying \"you are the average of your closest friends\". True courage is about being the outlier that screws up the average.

If honesty is the lens through which you see the world, then courage is the willingness to look without flinching. This may come with a price, for there is no law that each incremental step of rationality will produce an incremental gain. Remain silent, if you must, but never allow someone else to control what you think in the privacy of your own skull.

The second value of ROSE is effectiveness, the skill of arriving at your goal by the shortest possible route.

Without the desire to succeed, all else is empty words and grand delusions. Willpower is finite and will soon deplete -- instead, a truly effective person must arrange their environment such that achieving their objective is effortless. Pain is not the unit of effort. To be effective, one must know what they want and what they have, and figure out how to get the former with the latter.

Seek not to merely succeed, but to surpass your goals by so much that those less skilled envy your \"talent\" and wonder how you did it, as though by magic.

The first value of ROSE is cooperation, the ability to work with others for mutual long-term benefit.

Cooperation has allowed us to go from a bunch of tree monkeys to a globe-spanning civilization. Without it, we would have to start over from square one each generation. With it, we are able to specialize and pass knowledge and technology down through the generations. Even on a personal level, other people are often the greatest force multipliers available.

Cooperation doesn't mean blindly allowing yourself to be exploited, but it does mean being willing to extend the benefit of the doubt and forgive minor transgressions. Before you judge, stop and ask yourself: is it really worth it?

What We Are

The Guild of the ROSE is an educational organization that provides a variety of workshop courses focused on self improvement. Courses are taught by members of the community, and anyone can apply to lead a course. Because of this peer-led structure, we often teach non-traditional topics such as Fashion 101, Character Sheet, or How to Spot a Con.

ROSE workshops also place a strong emphasis on community. Courses are typically taught to cohorts of six to eight, instead of the hundreds common in a college lecture hall. Lectures are also pre-recorded and students are expected to watch them beforehand — class time is used to discuss the lecture and work through exercises. Classes are not about rote memorization and Guild progression is not gated behind completing an arbitrary selection of them.

The use of external sources such as Google, StackOverflow, or Wikipedia is not only allowed but encouraged. Rationality is about effectiveness in real life, not an artificial scenario.

Interested? Check out our available courses.

The Guild Council

Alex Hedtke
Consul
Alex Hedtke

My name is Alex, but you can call me whatever you’d like. People have called me "a wizard trying to look like a muggle", "a rationalist shaman", "transhumanist scum", and many others.

I am here because I want to make the world a better place. I firmly believe that a combination of empathetic community and reliable epistemology is how we do that.

Love with your heart, use your head for everything else.

Consul Alex Hedtke
Errol Highberg
Consul
Errol Highberg

I have been a Dungeon Master most of my life, a Nuclear Electrician on a submarine for a few years, and a lifelong student of math, science, the humanities, and history.

As Guild Consul, I bring context and an eye for the logistics needed to achieve our goals. Ask me about non-Newtonian calculus or driving a submarine without a driver's license!

Consul Errol Highberg
Raven
Community Manager
Raven

My name is Raven, and I am myriad: rationalist, revenant, artist. In my role as Community Manager, I mediate conflicts, onboard new members, and shape the future of the Guild. My ultimate goal is to create a garden of community that balances truth with niceness, pragmatism with idealism, and clarity with validity.

Outside of the Guild, I'm a software engineer by day and a writer, illustrator, and gamer by night. You can contact me any time via Discord, or at raven@guildoftherose.org.

Community Manager Raven
Matt Freeman
Course Design Director
Matt Freeman

I have a BS., MS., and Ph.D. in engineering, and experience in both academic research and commercial industry. I specialize in building computer models of physical systems. I live in Colorado with my three children.

Course Design Director Matt Freeman
David Youssef
Anti Systems Engineer
David Youssef

I have worn many metaphorical and literal hats throughout my life: radio DJ, actor, political activist, drug dealer, martial artist, pizza maker, bank teller, physics tutor, wizard, and real estate agent.

In my role as Chief Saboteur for the Guild of the ROSE, I use my wide variety of experiences and insatiable curiosity to help find orthogonal answers to unorthodox problems.

Anti Systems Engineer David Youssef
Oscar
Community Manager
Oscar

My name is Oscar Capraro, I am a student currently enrolled at Brightworks School for Applied Tinkering in San Francisco, and I am one of the Community Managers for The Guild of the Rose.

I have been a member of the rationalist community for the past couple of years, and I joined ROSE because I thought, and still think, that it can become a great way to spread the tenets of rationality to a wider audience.

Community Manager Oscar
Michael Devas
Community Manager
Michael Devas

Adults don't exist and everyone's faking it.

Once I realized that truism, I knew I had to find a way to gain competency, acquire useful skills, and learn as much as I can, forever.

I'm an Italian American chemist who lives in Italy, and I find rationality to be a useful tool to avoid getting overwhelmed by one's own emotions. Over the course of my life, I have improved, grown, and continually tried out new things, and I'm proud of that.

Community Manager Michael Devas
Gray Morrow
Technomancer
Gray Morrow

Pessimist by inclination, optimist by experience. Transhumanist because I love humanity too much to not want to improve it.

Technomancer Gray Morrow

Testimonials

Johnny
JohnnyAlpha Participant
The Guild is a place for people who care about doing the best they can as well as they can. Not just doing what they think is right, but doing it in the best way they can find.
Stephen Zuber
Steven ZuberAlpha Participant
My favorite part was the team camaraderie. I felt like I was friends with the people in my cohort.
Jan Christian Refsgaard
Jan Christian RefsgaardAlpha Participant
I came for the classes and stayed for the community.

Why ROSE?

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  • tired of holding back and conforming to expectations?
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