December 9, 2020
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Okay, so, you, by alternative intelligence test standards, have one of the highest IQs in the world, repeatedly. So, it’s established, in a loose alternative sense.
Rick Rosner: What you’re saying is, I’ve taken a lot of these tests and done well.
Jacobsen: So, you would technically have the qualifications to join a lot of these alternative high-IQ societies. Are you offered to join a lot of them, or have you?
Rosner: Yes, I’m all offered by some. Some societies they just sign you up. They send you a thing and you’re in. That’s like, “Okay.” But I haven’t gone out of my way to join into these. I’ve tried to join the most exclusive ones. Ones that I could use for – I don’t know – publicity of some credential that might – I don’t know – get me interviewed somewhere, though barely ever happens.
As a younger man, I was mostly concerned about getting a girlfriend. I’ve told you this story before, but I joined Mensa because Playboy in the mid-80s did a photo series called the “Women of Mensa.”
It’s naked pictures of women who are in Mensa. My thinking wasn’t to join Mensa to meet these women. My thinking was that if Playboy did this, then Penthouse certainly was going to do the ‘Naked Men of Mensa.’
I was always lifting weights. I figured I had a good shot at getting into the ‘Men of Mensa’ photo, whatever, in Playgirl magazine. Then all these women would see me and somebody would want to be my girlfriend. This was stupid for a number of reasons.
Including that women generally didn’t read stuff like that, this was stupid because, even though the magazine is ostensibly for women, apparently, it is mostly for gay guys. Women don’t necessarily want to see naked guys with boners as much as guys want to see naked guys with boners.
I found that mostly true with stripping. If women want to see some fucking loser gyrate around naked, they can just go home and see their own personal loser. So, anyway, reason number two is Playgirl never did anything of the sort, but, anyway, join Mensa.
So, I had a year’s worth of membership, so I went up to a few things. There are no girls. I don’t know what the gender breakdown by sex in Mensa is, but it’s got to be like 90% guys. I don’t know if I wanted to hang out with blowhard guys. I can just hang out with myself.
Then I figured I worked in bars, so I could meet women. Everything I did, I did so, maybe, somebody would find me a reasonable would consider me an okay boyfriend.
Jacobsen: Someone you even met at the Jewish singles dance.
Rosner: I went to a Jewish singles dance, yes, but in 1986. I met a woman who’s now my wife. Even that wasn’t, that was just because I’d had a bad breakup a long time before, but I still felt bad about it. So, to get myself out of my rut, I challenged myself to do something stupid, and pointless once a week.
That week, it was go to the stupid Jewish singles dance. Anyway, I didn’t see the point of joining any of these other like high IQ clubs because they just didn’t seem to offer an angle on meeting women in a nutshell.
Jacobsen: Do you think you have the world’s highest IQ?
Rosner: I don’t know. I could make an argument that I do, but it’s a pretty nebulous thing. I’m definitely one of the best takers of high-end IQ test in the world, but it’s a pretty arbitrary set of skills. It’s like being the “World’s Strongest Man” if you’ve ever watched that on TV.
Jacobsen: It’s not something to take time before. If I happen to come across, then I’ll little watch it, but not usually. Because I don’t really own a television or watch much or any television.
Rosner: But you’ve seen the events. It’s deadlifting stuff, like picking up a car. How many times can you pick up one end of a car within 60 seconds? Can you lift these rocks that are these spheres made of stone that are like 30 inches in diameter?
How many of those can you lift to the top of pedestals in two minutes? How far can you tow a truck or a train? It’s events that people practice train for; certainly, these are among the strongest guys in the world.
Some of them go 360 pounds and six foot eight. It’s like 12 percent body fat or less. They’re super strong, but to determine who’s the strongest of them, you’ve got all these arbitrary events, and even powerlifting is arbitrary.
So, you have to be head and shoulders above every other super strong guy to be clearly hands down and just absolutely, the strongest guy in the world. That might happen occasionally, but, mostly, there is a little cluster of people who, due to natural ability or obsession or just lots of practice doggedness, do well on IQ tests.
I’d like to think that if I and everybody else who claims to be to have the world’s highest IQ were sat down or were assigned like three or four tests, given enough time to do a good job on all of them that I would prevail. But who knows.
Jacobsen: Was that the argument?
Rosner: Well, the argument is that I’ve taken – I don’t know – dozens of these high-end tests. I’ve gotten the highest score ever scored on like three quarters of the high-end test that I’ve taken.
Jacobsen: Were any of these tests normed on you?
Rosner: A lot of them were normed on me, where they look for people who’ve taken a lot of other high-end tests. They have you submit your scores and from your scores plus your performance on their test, they help determine the scoring scale for their test.
I’m sure none of them were exclusively normed on me, but I probably helped with a lot of them. Because I’ve got the most on other test scores to send people, that want them.
Jacobsen: When did you stop taking so many?
Rosner: I don’t know. There is this one that I wanted to do so well on that I just never stop taking it. I quit working on it a long time ago.
Jacobsen: What is the score if you do well on it?
Rosner: Over 200 if you do well.
Jacobsen: SD 15?
Rosner: I think so. Then there is this other one that I’ve been working on recently. But I’ll submit in the next few days. If I could I have to submit it before, I don’t know the 20th, I believe is the deadline.
The guy who created the test is having a little competition that I’d like to be in. If I get to the point where I’m satisfied with my answers, then awesome. When I get to the point that I’m satisfied with it, enough of my answers, I’ll submit.
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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 here, Rick 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 Harding, Jason Betts, Paul 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 Control, Crank Yankers, The Man Show, The Emmys, The Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercial, Domino’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 Angeles, California 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
Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal (ISSN 2369-6885). Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and the advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.
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