Steve Jobs on LSD

Steve Jobs on LSD

Steve Jobs is probably one of the most important persons in the field of computer development. As the founder of Apple, he contributed a lot to today’s society. Interestingly he devotes some of his creative ideas to something unusual: LSD. “Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life.” – Steve Jobs. Of course, many other people of public interest are known to consume psychedelic drugs, such as Jimi Hendrix, which would fit into the cliché of the LSD taking Hippy. But wait, Steve Jobs is not a Hippy, is he? No, he is not, he just took advantage of the creativity increasing properties of LSD. And he is not the only one, also the discoverer of the double helix (the structure of our DNA) used LSD while researching. Today’s research went away from people subjectively reporting their experience and started using more objective measures such as creativity tasks. Some of these recent studies showed that the ability to find several possible solutions for a problem (divergent thinking), is increased during the effects of psychedelic substances such as LSD. In other words, during the trip, you might be able to come up with ideas that you might not have had without the drug. Or to say it in Steve Jobs words: “LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin”. Our actual study aims to find a connection between the level of divergent thinking and the use of psychedelics. More precisely, we aim to find out if the heightened levels of divergent thinking might persist in the long term in psychedelic drug users.

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