Ask A Genius 348 – Genius Gone Mad and Bad
February 1, 2018
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Why are there stranger male geniuses than female geniuses?
Rick Rosner: We, off-tape, were saying that there seems to be more wild-ass or weird male super geniuses than female super geniuses. And one reason may be that woman may have better judgment, and that part of being a smart woman might be looking at life, in general, and deciding that leading a normal life makes sense.
Because, I have certainly had crap periods in my life based on following my own weird plans; plans that if you look at them in the aggregate, you would argue that I deserved to lose a bunch of points of my IQ for pursuing these plans.
I tend to think I’m not a psychopath or a sociopath or maybe only 5 or 10% on the way to being one, but I tend to think that a good sociopath would not do anything sociopathic because, in a cold, unemotional sociopathic way, the sociopath would look at the way to live a smooth life, a life without hassle, and decide that I would pretend to be a normal person.
I won’t do a bunch of horrible antisocial stuff because the cost of doing the antisocial stuff is too high. The same way the idea of a super villain in comic books or movies who looks at his records of going up against superheroes and he clocks it, “I get beat every time. I’m going to retire and offer my services to the good guys.”
I come up with great shit and it turns out to not be so great enough. I could certainly help out the Justice League. I know that villains got something in them that even when they try to be good for an issue or two in a comic book, something snaps, and they go back to pure badness, but really, it would be so much easier to not be evil.
Jacobsen: The entire premise is hysterical.
Rosner: I want to see a whole movie. It will piss off people so bad; I want to see a Marvel movie where the superheroes take care of the problem in the first ten minutes of the movie, twenty minutes, and their next ninety minutes of the movie is them hanging out and solving little problems and designing a dream house.
Them doing regular people stuff and seeing if they can get a buzz, seeing how many shots of Bailey Irish Cream will it take to get Superman buzzed. Probably don’t want to use Bailey’s, he would end up super throwing up before he got drunk.
Maybe, you wouldn’t do it with superheroes. Maybe, you will do it with a group of teens that go to a spooky place. Like, you buy the rights to this shitty series of movies or a series of movies that ran its course. The Jason movies or the Freddy movies and they take care of the bad guy very thoroughly in the first ten minutes.
They spend the rest of the movie hanging out and wondering if he’s going to come back in some weird way. However, mostly hanging out. Alright, that was very repetitive, between the teens and the superhero. Sorry.
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