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.

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

  1. Anonymous | Oct 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |

    Somehow this doesn’t surprise me.

  2. Somehow this doesn’t surprise me.

  3. tristan eldritch | Oct 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |

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

  4. tristan eldritch | Oct 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm |

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

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

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

  7. Hadrian999 | Oct 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

  8. Hadrian999 | Oct 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

    • LOL.

    • MoralDrift | Oct 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm |

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

      • E.B. Wolf | Oct 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.

    • eL eS Dee se-cret-ly | Oct 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. 

  9. Ferdarcie | Oct 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm |

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

  10. Ferdarcie | Oct 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm |

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

  11. Think Different.

  12. Anonymous | Oct 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm |

    LOL.

  13. Anonymous | Oct 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm |

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

  14. New! From Apple™  iTab®. Think Different!

  15. New! From Apple™  iTab®. Think Different!

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

  16. 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 | Oct 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 | Oct 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 | Jan 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. and macs amaze computer inept man children just like lsd does to the initiate  

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

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

  21. PMSL Nerds on acid – has to be good

  22. eL eS Dee se-cret-ly | Oct 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 | Oct 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 | Oct 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 | Oct 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 | Oct 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. So, if I do acid I can start a company that will make huge profits and I’ll become famous?

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

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

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

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

  32. 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. 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. 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. 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 | Oct 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 | Oct 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. LOL@ Smoked LSD…

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

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

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

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

  43. 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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