Ask A Genius 552 – Non-Sense Engines

In-Sight Publishing

June 19, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, what is going on in America with Fox News? You had some thoughts.

Rick Rosner: I am just dib-sing the term “non-sense engine.” Right now, roughly a third of American adults support Trump to some extent, which means you support nonsense and bullshit to some extent. There’s the media constantly pumping bullshit into people’s brain and calling it truth.

You can’t fix people who believe ridiculous shit. Unless, you remove the source of ridiculous shit. So, in this country, we are trying to fix the cops. After we fix the cops, we got to fix the news. I have some ideas for doing it, for example, like requiring channels that claim to be running the news to have a sidebar that runs simultaneously that fact checks bullshit.

Although, for good fixes to happen, non-Republicans would have to get a very large majority. Even then, they would fuck it up. All I want to do here is dibs the term non-sense engine. It is an engine because it powers the ongoing political dysfunction that is facilitated by people believing stupid untrue shit.

Jacobsen: What about a “sense navigator” – how you find your way through the muck with an engine? What is your sensible astrolabe?

Rosner: Consensus facts instead of crazy bullshit conspiracy theories. The best science, unless somebody is sufficiently educated in science that they can handle the subtleties. For instance, there are a bunch of people in America who won’t wear masks because it will make you sick, because you breathe in carbon monoxide. It’s just stupid.

Jacobsen: [Laughing].

Rosner: Its disproven every day by medical professionals who wear them for 12, 13 hours a day all day several days a week. But if you are going to argue some masks are more effective than others, then you should be able to believe that shit if you have read the science on that.

I was listening to an expert on the pandemic and diseases, infectious diseases, saying that the latest evidence is that it is hard to catch Covid on surfaces. So, he stopped worrying about surfaces as it relates to Covid.

So, if somebody is scientifically informed and literate enough to have some alternative views, fine, but you can’t just believe straight up bullshit, I was thinking about how I am writing this book based on the future.

I was thinking one way to enforce the rule of truth, which is a little coercive, but, maybe, the entertainment and news industries form consortiums/consortia. Where you don’t get to have your face and your voice amplified by working in entertainment or news, unless, you agree to believe facts in pretty the way I’ve been talking about.

Where, it is fine to be a little bit informed, but the informed you are should be based on legitimate consensus knowledge. That coronavirus is a thing. There are millions in America who believe it is a Bill Gates conspiracy.

Maybe, if you have that belief, you don’t get acting jobs or writing jobs. If that is what it takes to get us back on track to combat nonsense/bullshit engines, then, maybe, that’s one. I only just thought about it, so there are probably some shitty aspects to it.

Also, I don’t know if anybody will have the balls to do it. People have argued for billionaires to buy Fox News. You could buy it for several tens of billions of dollars. So if you took 200 billionaires, and if they each pitched in a quarter billion, that’s $50 billion for a hostile take over of Fox to make it not Fox.

Maybe, the investors may make some money off it, because it is still a news organizations with profit in it.

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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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