Steve Jobs Said LSD ‘Was One Of The Most Important Things In His Life’

steve_jobsMost of the obituaries for Steve Jobs touched upon his creativity, vision, and “think different” thought process at the helm of Apple. Strange then to omit that fact that Jobs used LSD and proclaimed dropping acid to be “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.” (This is also the reason iPods come in so many colors.) Via the Fix:

But equally suggestive, is a quote from Steve Jobs to New York Times reporter John Markoff. Speaking about psychedelics, Jobs said, “Doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.” He was hardly alone among computer scientists in his appreciation of hallucinogenics and their capacity to liberate human thought from the prison of the mind. Jobs even let drop that Microsoft’s Bill Gates would “be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once.” Apple’s mantra was”Think different.” Jobs did. And he credited his use of LSD as a major reason for his success.

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54 Responses to Steve Jobs Said LSD ‘Was One Of The Most Important Things In His Life’

  1. I_abide October 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Somehow this doesn’t surprise me.

  2. Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Somehow this doesn’t surprise me.

  3. tristan eldritch October 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Gates DID drop acid.  Not enough, apparently, but he did do it.

  4. tristan eldritch October 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Gates DID drop acid.  Not enough, apparently, but he did do it.

  5. Chaorder Gradient October 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    damn it, now appleheads are going to try to enter the hallucinogen culture. I don’t expect that to bode well.

    • Km Reece October 11, 2011 at 3:12 am #

      PMSL Nerds on acid – has to be good

  6. Chaorder Gradient October 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    damn it, now appleheads are going to try to enter the hallucinogen culture. I don’t expect that to bode well.

  7. Hadrian999 October 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    yet he turned into an asshole control freak who sold his soul to the right wing, LSD i’m very disappointed in you

    • Peetr October 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      LOL.

    • MoralDrift October 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      yeah LSD is no silver bullet, I think psilocybin is better

      • E.B. Wolf October 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

        Even peyote doesn’t change the nature of the being taking it. A scumbag who takes psychedelics simply becomes a scumbag with a different perception of the world.

        • Effee October 12, 2011 at 4:04 am #

          I take it you didn’t have much liking for jobs?

    • eL eS Dee se-cret-ly October 11, 2011 at 3:58 am #

      cause he stopped taking it and continued on the commercial capitalist trip. Did product instead of personal maintenance and became a reflection of the greed of a materialistic capitalistic commercial society. 

  8. Hadrian999 October 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    yet he turned into an asshole control freak who sold his soul to the right wing, LSD i’m very disappointed in you

  9. Ferdarcie October 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    now some will saying that LSD was the cause of his cancer

    • Al Briggs October 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      Think Different.

  10. Ferdarcie October 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    now some will saying that LSD was the cause of his cancer

  11. Al Briggs October 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Think Different.

  12. Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    LOL.

  13. Anonymous October 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    yeah LSD is no silver bullet, I think psilocybin is better

  14. Scott October 11, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    New! From Apple™  iTab®. Think Different!

  15. Scott October 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    New! From Apple™  iTab®. Think Different!

    • Km Reece October 11, 2011 at 3:11 am #

      with a multitude of different apps associated with shiny colourful thinggy’s

  16. BuzzCoastin October 11, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    LSD is highly over-rated; especially in this case.

    I know a corporate executive who has taken a lot of LSD and attended enough Grateful Dead concerts to be a Dead Head, but his thinking is still highly conventional and corporate minded. So was Jobs.

    Additionally, LSD today is not the LSD of the 60′s, both in strength and effect. The entire world is now a psychedelic experience, where as in the 60′s, the world was very black & white. A few minutes on YouTube is more psychedelic than today’s LSD.

    I stopped using LSD a few years ago when I realized that nothing really changed while tripping, except it was a little funnier than usual.

  17. BuzzCoastin October 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    LSD is highly over-rated; especially in this case.

    I know a corporate executive who has taken a lot of LSD and attended enough Grateful Dead concerts to be a Dead Head, but his thinking is still highly conventional and corporate minded. So was Jobs.

    Additionally, LSD today is not the LSD of the 60′s, both in strength and effect. The entire world is now a psychedelic experience, where as in the 60′s, the world was very black & white. A few minutes on YouTube is more psychedelic than today’s LSD.

    I stopped using LSD a few years ago when I realized that nothing really changed while tripping, except it was a little funnier than usual.

    • Misinformation October 12, 2011 at 3:39 am #

      “Additionally, LSD today is not the LSD of the 60′s, both in strength and effect”.

      Nothing quite like the, “back in the old days” argument. That statement is patently ridiculous. The “strength” (or more precisely, amount) per “dose” may generally be less than it was “in the 60′s” but a molecule is a molecule..you’re going to get equally as “high” off of 1000mics now as then. It’s not like there is a blueprint for how high one gets on LSD. Every person at any point in history will get high differently.

      If you’re not getting spun on LSD you’re not eating enough. Precisely because the baseline world is “more psychedelic”, as you say, means that when you ingest LSD, things will be that much more bizarre than they were in your vaunted 60′s.

    • Harrison D. Boyd January 7, 2012 at 3:04 am #

      it’s the thought that “the world WAS very black & white” that I have an issue with… if you begin to think that today’s world has reached a peak where there is no further progress to be made then the game’s over, there’s no reason to live… if you use LSD correctly and see the world with unlimited possibilities rather than “funny” then it CAN help you, and I believe that is what Jobs is promoting

  18. iPINCH October 11, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    and macs amaze computer inept man children just like lsd does to the initiate  

  19. iPINCH October 11, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    and macs amaze computer inept man children just like lsd does to the initiate  

  20. Km Reece October 11, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    with a multitude of different apps associated with shiny colourful thinggy’s

  21. Km Reece October 11, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    PMSL Nerds on acid – has to be good

  22. eL eS Dee se-cret-ly October 11, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    cause he stopped taking it and continued on the commercial capitalist trip. Did product instead of personal maintenance and became a reflection of the greed of a materialistic capitalistic commercial society. 

  23. eL eS Dee se-cret-ly October 11, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    cause he stopped taking it and continued on the commercial capitalist trip. Did product instead of personal maintenance and became a reflection of the greed of a materialistic capitalistic commercial society. 

  24. E.B. Wolf October 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Even peyote doesn’t change the nature of the being taking it. A scumbag who takes psychedelics simply becomes a scumbag with a different perception of the world.

  25. Misinformation October 12, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    “Additionally, LSD today is not the LSD of the 60′s, both in strength and effect”.

    Nothing quite like the, “back in the old days” argument. That statement is patently ridiculous. The “strength” (or more precisely, amount) per “dose” may generally be less than it was “in the 60′s” but a molecule is a molecule..you’re going to get equally as “high” off of 1000mics now as then. It’s not like there is a blueprint for how high one gets on LSD. Every person at any point in history will get high differently.

    If you’re not getting spun on LSD you’re not eating enough. Precisely because the baseline world is “more psychedelic”, as you say, means that when you ingest LSD, things will be that much more bizarre than they were in your vaunted 60′s.

  26. Misinformation October 12, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    “Additionally, LSD today is not the LSD of the 60′s, both in strength and effect”.

    Nothing quite like the, “back in the old days” argument. That statement is patently ridiculous. The “strength” (or more precisely, amount) per “dose” may generally be less than it was “in the 60′s” but a molecule is a molecule..you’re going to get equally as “high” off of 1000mics now as then. It’s not like there is a blueprint for how high one gets on LSD. Every person at any point in history will get high differently.

    If you’re not getting spun on LSD you’re not eating enough. Precisely because the baseline world is “more psychedelic”, as you say, means that when you ingest LSD, things will be that much more bizarre than they were in your vaunted 60′s.

  27. Effee October 12, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    So, if I do acid I can start a company that will make huge profits and I’ll become famous?

  28. Effee October 12, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    So, if I do acid I can start a company that will make huge profits and I’ll become famous?

  29. Effee October 12, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I take it you didn’t have much liking for jobs?

  30. Lawrence S.Roberts October 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    ‘Apples’ are not that amazing;wait for the next generation from anywhere.Not that I have ever smoked LSD!

  31. Lawrence S.Roberts October 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    ‘Apples’ are not that amazing;wait for the next generation from anywhere.Not that I have ever smoked LSD!

    • tom October 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

      LOL@ Smoked LSD…

  32. Tirtha October 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    LSD gave him a “different” reality. But psychedelics won’t awaken your spiritual side. I think one of his most important things was his appreciation and delve into Eastern mysticism, such as the Hare Krishna movement in the early sixties. It is too bad that he did not pursue it, or did he do it quietly? What he did achieve was remarkable, so give him that much credit for laptop computers for the masses…now the internet keeps us
    well informed. My respects to him for all he did. Hare Krishna.  

  33. Tirtha October 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    LSD gave him a “different” reality. But psychedelics won’t awaken your spiritual side. I think one of his most important things was his appreciation and delve into Eastern mysticism, such as the Hare Krishna movement in the early sixties. It is too bad that he did not pursue it, or did he do it quietly? What he did achieve was remarkable, so give him that much credit for laptop computers for the masses…now the internet keeps us
    well informed. My respects to him for all he did. Hare Krishna.  

  34. Tirtha October 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    LSD gave him a “different” reality. But psychedelics won’t awaken your spiritual side. I think one of his most important things was his appreciation and delve into Eastern mysticism, such as the Hare Krishna movement in the early sixties. It is too bad that he did not pursue it, or did he do it quietly? What he did achieve was remarkable, so give him that much credit for laptop computers for the masses…now the internet keeps us
    well informed. My respects to him for all he did. Hare Krishna.  

  35. Tirtha October 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    LSD gave him a “different” reality. But psychedelics won’t awaken your spiritual side. I think one of his most important things was his appreciation and delve into Eastern mysticism, such as the Hare Krishna movement in the early sixties. It is too bad that he did not pursue it, or did he do it quietly? What he did achieve was remarkable, so give him that much credit for laptop computers for the masses…now the internet keeps us
    well informed. My respects to him for all he did. Hare Krishna.  

  36. Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Yeah, corporations are bad bad bad. Thank God we brave anti-capitalist heroes can type our anti-corporate comments using the electrical power and computers and interwebs and Disinfo.com website that we all made from our own bare hands! Power to the people! Yeah, what have the capitalists ever done for us, except for the computers, websites, etc.? You stupid, deluded, self-righteous fuckers.

  37. RevBrewster October 13, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Yeah, corporations are bad bad bad. Thank God we brave anti-capitalist heroes can type our anti-corporate comments using the electrical power and computers and interwebs and Disinfo.com website that we all made from our own bare hands! Power to the people! Yeah, what have the capitalists ever done for us, except for the computers, websites, etc.? You stupid, deluded, self-righteous fuckers.

  38. tom October 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    LOL@ Smoked LSD…

  39. G October 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    LOL. hearing drug use was enlightening from someone who pretty much stomped every other company worldwide is ironic.

  40. G October 21, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    LOL. hearing drug use was enlightening from someone who pretty much stomped every other company worldwide is ironic.

  41. Ciderman November 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Where else did the idea of a half chewed apple as major company logo come from?

  42. Ciderman November 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Where else did the idea of a half chewed apple as major company logo come from?

  43. Deles Boyd January 7, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    it’s the thought that “the world WAS very black & white” that I have an issue with… if you begin to think that today’s world has reached a peak where there is no further progress to be made then the game’s over, there’s no reason to live… if you use LSD correctly and see the world with unlimited possibilities rather than “funny” then it CAN help you, and I believe that is what Jobs is promoting

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