How to Think Like a Genius 6 — Bad Genius

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How to Think Like a Genius 6 — Bad Genius

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

July 8, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Let’s talk about being a bad person and a genius.

Rick Rosner: I wouldn’t call it a bad person as much as being a dick. Mengele called himself a doctor, but he was sadistic and used to get off brutal and often fatal experiments on fatal. That’s a bad guy. Picasso who used his position as a genius who banged a lot of different women and behaved badly with women. That’s a different kind of badness. That’s more dickishness. And obviously I’m not in favour of Mengele behavior, and I’m not in favour of Picasso behaviour, but they’re two different magnitudes.

One thing that runs through the biographies of many great geniuses are their doing whatever they wanted and not doing whatever they didn’t want to do, and probably some of them using their supposed genus as leverage to do whatever the fuck they wanted to do, but you don’t have to be a genius to do that.

Justin Bieber may or may not be a musical genius, but he uses his fame to do whatever he wants and it’s hard for people to tell him no. Michael Jackson pretty much a genius did whatever he wanted even when it became super creepy. I’m not in favour of people not being able to be told no because that’s what killed Elvis. That’s what killed Michael Jackson. It may turn out to be what killed Prince. So, it’s bad for the genius and it’s probably bad for the people around them.

I don’t know. Elvis had a zillion hangers-on. They are parasites at the same time he needs friends. I’m not worried about the Elvis buddies, whether life is good or bad for them. There’s something to be said for looking at your life and if there’s stuff that is time-wasting bullshit then to not deal with it unless it is cruel not to deal with it.

It’s not fair to blow off your long-suffering spouses who has put up with you, and helped you with your geniusey stuff in favour of a newer model or the possibility of a newer model. In the case where you meet somebody and fall in love with the, after you’ve been married to somebody else for 20 years. That’s another deal I fortunately haven’t had to confront.

But also the idea of fucking around, I consider somewhat obsolete in this era. It’s old-school. It is something you think of a creepy old senator doing. The whole Ashley Madison thing — if you look at people that get caught with lots of women, they are usually terrible. Tiger Woods’s women were yucky. They had no problem rolling over on him and selling their stories.

partly the problem was the problem was nobody ever said no to Tiger Woods and he’d been famous since he was 3 and he developed no game, and his skills of meeting quality women if he wanted to meet them and discrimination among women was kind of lacking. That whole game is dumb when every single computer is a smorgasbord of porn.

the people you’re going to get involved with when you go the Ashley Madison route or the craigslist sex stuff are not likely to be the best people, and you save yourself some hassle and look at the smut on your computer. I know that’s a dicey subject, but really it’s, maybe there’s some kind of more sexually free future that we’re moving into where people will be able to come together and break apart with less consequence or people with less consequences.

Right now, use your computer as the porn store.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


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