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Psychedelics And Technology: Albert Hoffman Five Year Anniversary

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Albert Hoffman, the discoverer of LSD died at the age of 102 on this day five years ago. LSD has been more influential in Silicon Valley than Ayn Rand.

Steve Jobs found it very "profound" and John Markoff, senior reporter at the New York Times has written about LSD use by early Silicon Valley companies. He spoke recently at the San Francisco Psychedelic Society (above): 

The Steve Jobs Way: Intersecting Psychedelics And Technology -SVW

Here is what Steve Jobs said about LSD:

"Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there's another side to the coin, and you can't remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important--creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could." Quote by Steve Jobs: Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of th...

There are many people trying to emulate Steve Jobs' management style. I wonder how many are prepared to experience some of the things that Jobs did in his remarkable life. 

Here is John Markoff speaking at a recent meeting of the San Francisco Psychedelic Society. The talk was based on his excellent book, "What the Doormouse said." There's not much to see but the talk is well worth listening to if you are interested in the early history of Silicon Valley.