Brain Health,
Smart Drugs,

#100: Card-carrying Genius

October 30, 2015

IQ meters spike up to dangerously high levels this week, as Jesse is joined by Richard “Rick” Rosner – who ranks second in The World Genius Directory. They discuss intelligence testing parameters and efficacy while making detours to futurism, human longevity and time travel. In addition to being an intellectual savant, Rosner also boasts past credentials as a comedy television writer, a bouncer and a male stripper, making him a truly eccentric genius.

For Halloween, we give a hat-tip to the Spooky Little Evil Kids of so many horror movies, by looking at a recent study into the gastrointestinal physiology of the “terrible two’s.” Stay tuned till the end for the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Horror Edition.

Click here to see the full list of supplements Rosner takes.

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Show Notes
  • 00:00:38

    Welcome to the 100th episode.

  • 00:02:06

    This Week In Neuroscience: Brain mapping.

  • 00:03:52

    The audience interaction segment.

  • 00:06:39

    Behind-the-scenes at Smart Drug Smarts.

  • 00:07:12

    Jesse introduces Rick Rosner.

  • 00:09:22

    Growing up as a genius.

  • 00:11:03

    Efficacy of IQ tests.

  • 00:13:00

    Intelligence vs wisdom.

  • 00:14:40

    Living as a genius.

  • 00:15:38

    What if everyone was 30% smarter?

  • 00:17:41

    Facebook's future is telepathy.

  • 00:18:18

    Blind spots in society.

  • 00:19:39

    Life extension technologies.

  • 00:20:51

    70 pills a day! Full list of supplements here.

  • 00:22:31

    Momentarily creative.

  • 00:24:16

    Depth vs breath of knowledge - writing comedy.

  • 00:26:01

    Rick Rosner's theory of the universe.

  • 00:28:21

    Intellectual stimulation - Futurism.

  • 00:29:39

    Time travel and science fiction.

  • 00:33:37

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Horror edition.


  1. Kimi says:

    Loved this episode so much! Congrats on the big #100!!!!! I’m so dying to know Rick’s list of 70 supplements!!! Keep up the great work. Love your podcast and just left you an iTunes review 🙂

    1. Jesse Lawler says:

      Thanks Kimi! Working on getting the list of the 70 pills — I don’t think this is 70 individual supplements; I suspect there are some repeats. (At least, I hope so!) I’ll post this back here when I’ve got ’em. Thanks for the review! xoxoxo

  2. Lukas says:

    Great episode! I also would love to know what other supplements are on Rick’s list. I am definitely keen to listen to the extended overdose edition of this interview Jesse!!!

  3. Jim says:

    Very nice work…how about that promised list of 70 supplements!

  4. Haub says:

    Did you ever get the list of supplements?

    1. Jesse Lawler says:

      At long last, yes! Sorry for the delay, but you’ll find it here: Rick Rosner Supplements

  5. ben says:

    Would love to hear an episode devoted to Metformin!!

    Errol Morris has a good documentary with lots of good Rick stories! Christopher Michael Langan is also an interesting genius, with plenty of ideas about space/time-travel.

    Regarding IQ tests, Sam Harris recently had Charles Murray on his podcast as well as Siddhartha Mukherjee (‘Emperor of All Maladies’ fame). They talk about the Flynn Effect and all things IQ, and genetics.

    Does anybody recommend a particular title from the authors Rick mentioned (David Marusek, Charles Stross, Neil Stevenson)?

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