How to Think Like a Genius 33-Networks

Scott Douglas Jacobsen
4 min readFeb 15, 2018

In-Sight Publishing

How to Think Like a Genius 33-Networks

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen and Rick Rosner

February 15, 2018

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: They’re not dolphins. (Laughs) It’s more like parts or networks of their brain will rest, and they will not even know it because they will not necessarily have an additional module to monitor that.

Rick Rosner: Yea — probably the 4 hour a night people are bit raggedy assed too. With geniuses, they yield to eccentricity. It has been in a lot of cases been productive. It’s a bit like being a grownup kid in a way. You’re going to do what you want to do when you want to do it. But when you look at the general population, you see people that have who have yielded to eccentricity and some of those with less happy results.

Some people give into eccentricity and write a great book and some people turn into an episode of hoarders. And probably some people both. Godel, Kurt Godel, who is famous for his incompleteness theorem, which is a set of ideas about math which says that you can never pin math down completely. There are always going to some aspects of mathematics that are resistant to being provable or even to being proved consistent.

But there can be a glitch somewhere in math that can blow it up. If you look at the world, and if you look at math, it is unlikely that it’ll blow up, but his theorem says there’s a chance of that. Kurt Godel starved to death, apparently, because he thought that people were poisoning his food. So, he wasn’t eating to a great extent. That’s a guy who did great work and also in yielding to his eccentricity died.

So, it can be a mix. We have talked about the romance of certain kinds of genius. The romance of being novelist. In the 20th century exemplified by guys like Thomas Wolfe and Fitzgerald and Hemingway, people lived bohemian and boozy lifestyles, and in the 70s the comedy world. SNL, when it started out, and just that whole era in entertainment was pretty cocaine soaked and other jokes.

There was all of that stuff in the 70s and 80s, and it still happens where you have actors ODing. Among myself and the writers that I know there is a whole different behavioral paradigm now, which is trying to keep your shit together. Be healthy because TV writing is so demanding that you can’t be a mess and do a good job at it.

When I worked at Kimmel, instead of our offices being filled with cocaine, our offices were filled with exercise equipment and fibre gummies. One guy I know has dumbbells for in between writing assignments. If you walk through out office, you’d probably find enough equipment to do a decent half-assed workout.

I used to say that I thought that our writing staff could beat up any TV shows writing staff. Now, people go to rehab, in the 70s that was really just at the beginning of Betty Ford. Overall, among the creative class of people in America, I think there is healthier behavior.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


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