It is sad to see people go from the top to rock bottom. It shows that one single mistake can ruin your life.
A user asked the forum, “What’s the biggest example of “genius ” to “idiot ” has there ever been?” Here are the top responses.
HARVARD EDUCATED EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN
“At my university, we had a Harvard-educated emergency room physician ruin his career and go to prison because he was hiding cameras in employee bathrooms. I think that qualifies.”
THE GUY WHO INVENTED THE POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION
“The guy that invented PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), which was groundbreaking in early DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) research, got a Nobel prize.
Most probably remember him from the COVID-19 days as he went off the rails, denied that HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) caused AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) even after it was the scientific consensus, and spent his time talking to a glowing raccoon in the forest at night.”
“Linus Pauling. He went from being a preeminent chemist and biochemist to a quack who wrote books claiming that megadoses of vitamin C cured all disease and was the key to an insanely long life.”
“John McAfee. I’m not sure of the genius part, but the downfall was legendary. He wrote and marketed the first commercial antivirus software after cutting teeth at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Univac, and Xerox as a coder. It peaked at around 100 million dollars.
Then he sold his stake, told everyone to uninstall his company product, retired, got into recreational drugs, lost tens of millions, possibly murdered a man in Belize, probably ran for president of the United States, and then was arrested in Spain for United States tax evasion and then either killed himself or was murdered.”
“Don’t understand how Sam Bankman-Fried isn’t on this list yet. The dude was in magazines being called a prophet and genius; it turns out he was just an idiot the whole time.”
“I think Steve Jobs was a marketing and sales genius. Then, when it came to his treatable cancer, well, I wouldn’t call him an idiot, but he placed his faith in the wrong person, and his ‘I always win’ attitude cost him his life.
He was unlucky to get cancer, but lucky that it was treatable at the stage it was discovered, but he ignored his doctors and thought that changing his diet would heal him.”
“Elon Musk comes to mind immediately. Well, he was probably an idiot the whole time, but he had the veneer of a genius for a while.”
“Scott Adams. While genius is a stretch, he was a successful cartoonist for years until his politics started coming out and then the racist comments. Everyone thought he was taking on big business, and everything tumbled.”
“The YouTuber Illuminaughti. Built up an audience by criticizing shady business practices, turned out to be a horrible person guilty of deceptive business practices.”
“Jeremy from Top Gear in the episode that he tied the log to the back of his car to traverse a tough road. Very quickly after mentioning his genius, the record kicked up off a rock or something and shattered his back window. Of course, I know he’s not serious. It’s a comedy show, and 80% of what he says is dripping with sarcasm.”
“Thomas Midgley. All his inventions were considered great contributions to humanity until we discovered they were dumping a crazy amount of toxins into the atmosphere and burning a hole in the ozone layer.”
“Rudy Giuliani went from perceived hero of New York and 9/11 to a leaking meme in front of Four Seasons Landscaping.”
“Honestly, I may get downvoted for this, but Hitler was a genius in how he took power, then achieved total domination over Germany and brainwashed his people into committing the worst genocide in history.
Then, the idiot spectacularly lost World War II by invading the USSR (Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics) and fighting the Western Allies at once. Also, the guy was an evil psychopath, but even evil people can still be geniuses as well as idiots.”
“Tyrion Lannister from seasons 1-4 to 5-8. He was alright in 5 & 6 seasons, but I don’t know what happened to him afterward.”
“Napoleon. Steamrolls Europe, 6+ times, and suddenly forgets logistics and diplomacy where and when it matters the most.”
“Dane Cook. Went from selling out stadiums and Hollywood movies to being busted stealing jokes and generally hated.”
“Russell Brand in 2015 was voted Prospect’s fourth most influential thinker in the world; now he’s accused of multiple assaults and is a rabid conspiracist.”
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