The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 49 – Faith-Healing

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The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 49 – Faith-Healing

June 1, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What do you think of faith-healing?

Rick Rosner: Garbage. Although, you can do faith-healing. Television used to suck. Sometimes, in the 60s, sometimes even a child would be forced to watch faith-healing because there was – literally – nothing else on, I once saw a guy healed who had arms of different lengths.

The guy comes up on stage. There’s a lot of sweaty praying and laying on of hands. This guy puts his hands out; they’re different lengths. People are praying, praying, and praying. Suddenly, the arms became the same length.

It was astonishing. Because it was such crazy, super obvious bullshit that even an 8-year-old could see it was a guy pulling back one arm back 3-inches from the other and then slowly extended the arm, so it was the same length as the other one.

Jacobsen: What a crock of shit.

Rosner: It was beautiful in its simplicity and blatantness. While hating that TV sucked ass, I did love that moment. There is a placebo effect.

Jacobsen: What do you mean by “placebo”?

Rosner: Some people will get healthier for a while if you tell them that they’ve been made healthier. Somehow, your body gets its shit together temporarily in some instances. Although, I’d say 2/3rds of the studies of the placebo effect would fall under the rubric of “further study.”

Although, I’d say there are ways to trick your body into behaving the way you want it to for a while. The placebo effect is said to be particularly strong for hair loss. That if you trick people about hair not being lost. They may have more hair or may perceive themselves as having more hair. Who knows, is it worth much? I don’t know.

In some cases, yes, if you have extreme back pain, and if someone tells you that you have been healed and it helps, then great, but for some serious stuff that can kill you; I’d prefer an actual cure.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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