Who Wants To Be A Genius?


So it’s pretty obvious that Elon Musk is a genius. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc. co-founder and CEO of Neuralink; and co-founder of PayPal. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People.

You are probably aware of his recent erratic behavior. This includes things such as saying his publicly traded company was bankrupt as a April Fools joke, saying the company had financing to go private when it didn’t, calling one of the divers that helped rescue the Thai soccer team ‘pedophile’, and the smoking weed on TV.

Of course, erratic behavior is nothing new for geniuses. Unfortunately, the lives of many of them turn out to be quite tragic.

Kurt Godel was a logician, mathematician, and philosopher. He is considered to be one of the most significant logicians in history. Gödel made an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking.

Gödel published his two incompleteness theorems in 1931 when he was 25 years old, one year after finishing his doctorate at the University of Vienna. The first incompleteness theorem states that for any self-consistent recursive axiomatic system powerful enough to describe the arithmetic of the natural numbers (for example Peano arithmetic), there are true propositions about the naturals that cannot be proved from the axioms. To prove this theorem, Gödel developed a technique now known as Gödel numbering, which codes formal expressions as natural numbers.

Later in his life, Gödel suffered periods of mental instability and illness. He had an obsessive fear of being poisoned; he would eat only food that his wife, Adele, prepared for him. Late in 1977, she was hospitalized for six months and could no longer prepare her husband's food. In her absence, he refused to eat, eventually starving to death. He weighed 29 kilograms (65 lb) when he died. His death certificate reported that he died of "malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance" in Princeton Hospital on January 14, 1978.


Alexander Growthendieck was a stateless mathematician (naturalized French in 1971) who became the leading figure in the creation of modern algebraic geometry. His research extended the scope of the field and added elements of commutative algebra, homological algebra, sheaf theory and category theory to its foundations, while his so-called "relative" perspective led to revolutionary advances in many areas of pure mathematics. He is considered by many to be the greatest mathematician of the 20th century.

In 1991, Grothendieck moved to a new address which he did not provide to his previous contacts in the mathematical community. Very few people visited him afterward. Local villagers helped sustain him with a more varied diet after he became delusional and tried to live on a staple of dandelion soup After his death, it was revealed that he lived alone in squalor as a hermit in a house in Lasserre, Ariège, a small village at the foot of the Pyrenees.


Alan Turing was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalization of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexual acts, when by the Labouchere Amendment, "gross indecency" was a criminal offence in the UK. He accepted chemical castration treatment, with DES, as an alternative to prison. Turing died in 1954, 16 days before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined his death as suicide.


Wile E. Coyote was a Sup-A-Genius who spent twenty years trying to accomplish his goal of catching the Roadrunner. He finally does, only to find that his initial jubilation soon turns to despair.

So, in conclusion, being a Genius isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. That is why I decided a long time ago to not be one.