The late Steve Jobs, was the Co-Founder and CEO of one of the widely known companies, Apple Inc.
The late Steve Jobs, was the Co-Founder and CEO of one of the widely known companies, Apple Inc. Throughout his career he revolutionised the technology sector with products such as the MacBook, Ipad and the Iphone. Steve Jobs made no secret of the fact he experimented with LSD while in college. The late Apple cofounder said taking the psychedelic drug was a profound experience, and “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.”
Steve Jobs took LSD during his college years.
Daniel Kottke, an old friend of Jobs’ and early Apple employee, recalled his and Jobs’ psychedelic experiences together “We weren’t really talking much,” Kottke reminisces. “We were more of in a meditative space.” The two would go hiking and camp out on the beach, brought together by a shared interest in consciousness and spirituality “We would take psychedelics and whole new vistas opened up. Jobs’ experiments with LSD stopped once he launched Apple, however. “Once Apple started, Steve was really focused with all of his energy on making Apple successful… and he didn’t need psychedelics for that.” However one must beg the question, did all his future ideas as a direct result of his experiences whilst on LSD.
“We were more of in a meditative space.”
First ever Apple Product.
Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976. The Apple I was Apple’s first product, and to finance its creation, Jobs sold his only means of transportation, a VW Microbus, and Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500. Apple was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. on January 3, 1977, and was renamed as Apple Inc. on January 9, 2007.
Facts about Apple Inc.
- Apple Ipad’s Retina Display is actually manufactured by Samsung.
- Apple has over 80,000 employees around the world.
- Apple HQ employees earn an average of US$125,000 per year.
- Apple sold 340,000 Iphones per day in 2012.
- Apple earns US$300,000 per minute.
- Apple is the world’s second-largest information technology company by revenue after Samsung Electronics.
LSD A.K.A “Lysergic acid diethylamide.”
LSD is one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories, mainly in the United States. These crystals are converted to a liquid for distribution. It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste. Known as “acid” and by many other names, LSD is sold on the street in small tablets (“microdots”), capsules or gelatin squares (“window panes”). It is sometimes added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters (“loony toons”). Occasionally it is sold in liquid form. But no matter what form it comes in, LSD leads the user to the same place—a serious disconnection from reality. LSD users call an LSD experience a “trip,” typically lasting twelve hours or so. When things go wrong, which often happens, it is called a “bad trip,” another name for a living hell.
…a “bad trip,” another name for a living hell.
So why and when did Steve Jobs take LSD?
Steve Jobs took LSD during his college years. Daniel Kottke, an old friend of Jobs’ and early Apple employee, recalled his and Jobs’ psychedelic experiences together. “We weren’t really talking much,” Kottke reminisces. “We were more of in a meditative space.” The two would go hiking and camp out on the beach, brought together by a shared interest in consciousness and spirituality. “We would take psychedelics and whole new vistas opened up.” Jobs’ experiments with LSD stopped once he launched Apple, however. “Once Apple started, Steve was really focused with all of his energy on making Apple successful… and he didn’t need psychedelics for that.” However one must beg the question, did all his future ideas as a direct result of his experiences whilst on LSD? Now we all know the drugs are bad and blah blah, but…. What if even though drugs such as LSD can be dangerous, it can open up other parts of the brain that remain locked from our normal conscious thoughts. If LSD was never created, would Apple have developed the innovative ideas such as the Ipod or Iphone?
WTF is LSD Art?
Artists and scientists have been interested in the effect of LSD on drawing and painting since it first became available for legal use and general consumption. Dr. Oscar Janiger was one of the pioneers in the field studying the relationship between LSD and creativity. What fascinated Janiger was that “paintings, under the influence of LSD, had some of the attributes of what looked like the work done by schizophrenics”.Janiger maintained that trained artists could “maintain a certain balance, riding the edge” of the LSD induced psychosis, “ride his creative Pegasus”. Janiger coined the term ‘”dry schizophrenia,” where a person was able to control the surroundings and yet be “crazy” at the same time.
Can LSD be “good” for you?
In a pilot test, twelve men and women at a private practice in Solothurn, Switzerland, were given high doses of LSD. The results showed a 20 percent reduction in symptoms associated with extreme anxiety relating to their medical condition. The test also revealed that lysergic acid diethylamide had no severe side effects. However, it was found that when issued with low doses of LSD, the participants’ depressive symptoms became worse. The study, published in the Journal of Nervous and Medical Disease, concluded:
“These results indicate that when administered safely in a methodologically rigorous medically supervised psychotherapeutic setting, LSD can reduce anxiety, suggesting that larger controlled studies are warranted.”
“They said in general they felt relief. They felt an intense process of what to do with the rest of their limited time and who they want to spend it with.”
Will LSD ever be legalised?
No, not any time soon. Due to the stigma attached to the underground drug culture and increasing political correctness, it will be beyond our lifetime before LSD is legalised. Though however it may have potential for further medical studies. Marijuana is now just becoming more socially acceptable to the “politically correct” folk out there, but when comparing the affects of marijuana and LSD, we’re not comparing apples for apples here. I do not condone drug use, but the science and psychology behind it all is rather intriguing.
Notable people who take or have taken LSD:
In recent years, the legendary actor opened up about his “life-changing” experiences with LSD in the 1960s. Nicholson claims to believe his first acid trip was “the first time he saw the face of God.”
She dropped acid before going to Disneyland. She recalled: “I started thinking about Mickey Mouse being a short, middle-aged man in a costume who hates life.”
The late Nobel Prize-winning physicist and participant in the Manhattan Project supplied the world with numerous breakthroughs in quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, superfluity and particle physics.
The film icon would later recall undergoing treatment with LSD at a high-end California clinic, which he claims brought him “inner peace” after failing to achieve it through yoga, hypnotism and mysticism. He remained a strong advocate for LSD and psychedelic substances until his death.
At the 2000 Oscars, South Park creators donned green and pink dresses, drawing serious attention on the red carpet. They later revealed their heroically comedic decision to attend the world’s biggest acting event on the world’s most notorious psychedelic.
To prepare for a drug scene in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, LaBeouf tripped on LSD for 24 hours in front of the camera. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that [electric] chair in Dead Man Walking,” he explained. “These are the guys that I look up to.”
Bill Gates is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft. As of 2015, Bill Gates net worth hovers around 79.2 billion USD. Here is an excerpt from a 1994 Bill Gates interview with Playboy:
Playboy: Ever take LSD?
Playboy: One LSD story involved you staring at a table and thinking the corner was going to plunge into your eye.