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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  • I_abide

    Somehow this doesn’t surprise me.

  • Anonymous

    Somehow this doesn’t surprise me.

  • tristan eldritch

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

  • tristan eldritch

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

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

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

    • Km Reece

      PMSL Nerds on acid – has to be good

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

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

  • Hadrian999

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

    • Peetr

      LOL.

    • MoralDrift

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

      • E.B. Wolf

        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

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

    • eL eS Dee se-cret-ly

      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. 

  • Hadrian999

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

  • Ferdarcie

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

    • Al Briggs

      Think Different.

  • Ferdarcie

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

  • http://twitter.com/Boom_Briggs Al Briggs

    Think Different.

  • Anonymous

    LOL.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Scott

    New! From Apple™  iTab®. Think Different!

  • Scott

    New! From Apple™  iTab®. Think Different!

    • Km Reece

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

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    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.

  • BuzzCoastin

    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

      “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

      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

  • iPINCH

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

  • iPINCH

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

  • Km Reece

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

  • Km Reece

    PMSL Nerds on acid – has to be good

  • eL eS Dee se-cret-ly

    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. 

  • eL eS Dee se-cret-ly

    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. 

  • E.B. Wolf

    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.

  • Misinformation

    “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.

  • Misinformation

    “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.

  • Effee

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

  • Effee

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

  • Effee

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lawrence-SRoberts/549008246 Lawrence S.Roberts

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lawrence-SRoberts/549008246 Lawrence S.Roberts

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

    • tom

      LOL@ Smoked LSD…

  • Tirtha

    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.  

  • Tirtha

    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.  

  • Tirtha

    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.  

  • Tirtha

    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.  

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • RevBrewster

    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.

  • tom

    LOL@ Smoked LSD…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6NO5FNP7VB5N3THNFL64H7HHQ G

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6NO5FNP7VB5N3THNFL64H7HHQ G

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

  • Ciderman

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

  • Ciderman

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

  • http://twitter.com/delesboyd Deles Boyd

    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