[LINK] What Do Steve Jobs' Obituaries Leave Out? His Appreciation for LSD

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  What Do Steve Jobs' Obituaries Leave Out? His Appreciation for LSD

Apple's legendary co-founder Steve Jobs said acid was one of the most 
important things he did in his life.
/October 7, 2011


The death of *Steve Jobs*, the legendary co-founder and CEO of Apple, 
appears to have touched people around the world in a deeply personal 
way. Photos of memorials 
the makeshift to the high-tech; from Palo Alto, Calif., where he lived, 
to Pakistan and Peru—are circulating on millions of MacBooks and iPads 
and iPhones and other revolutionary products that he designed and 
retailed with such genius. Today his face is everywhere, his 
rags-to-riches saga retold, his entrepreneurial impact on the tech 
industry classed with the likes of *Thomas Edison* and *Henry Ford*. The 
media is already drafting his legacy, tossing out wise and witty things 
he said over the four fearless decades of his career. One of the most 
meaningful to us at The Fix was what he said in a commencement address 
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-peyronnin/steve-jobs-the-irevolutio_b_998172.html> at 
Stanford University in 2005, a year after his cancer diagnosis: "Your 
time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be 
trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people's 
thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own 
inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart 
and intuition.…Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and 
the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great 
work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you 
haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle."

But equally suggestive, at least to us, is a quote from Steve Jobs 
to/ New York Times/ reporter *John Markoff,* who interviewed him for his 
2005 book What the Doormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped 
the Personal Computer. Speaking about his youthful experiments with 
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 
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ryan-grim/read-the-never-before-pub_b_227887.html> 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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