LSD: A Source of Inspiration for Steve Jobs and Nobel Prize Winners

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LSD is a psychedelic substance. The term “psychedelic” is derived from Greek.  psychē (ψυχή in Greek) means “the mind and soul” while  dēloun (δηλοῦν in Greek) means , “to make visible, to reveal”). A psychedelic substance allows us to have our mind and soul revealed to us, to access altered states of consciousness that provide valuable insights on consciousness and alternative world-views.

There are a number of documented personal testimonies claiming that the use of LSD contributed to the enhancement of creativity, thinking outside the box and to ultimately achieving breakthroughs. Furthermore there have been scientific studies providing proof of the link between LSD and creative problem solving.

The study of  Willis Harman, Robert H. McKim, Robert E. Mogar, James Fadimanand Myron Stolaroff (1) provides some good evidence. In this study LSD was administered to 27 professionals. The study concluded that LSD facilitates creative problem-solving, particularly in the “illumination phase and that various degrees of increased creative ability may continue for at least some weeks after consuming the substance .

Steve Jobs was very open about LSD. He openly stated that taking LSD was  “one of the two or three most important things I ever did in my life,”. Also it is known that he would sometimes ask candidates if they had ever done LSD.

Steve Jobs has been quoted as saying:

” 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 eat 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 human consciousness as much as I could”

Francis Crick, the winner of  a Nobel Prize in genetics for discovering the structure of the DNA claimed that he often used small doses of LSD.  According to Crick it was LSD that helped him conceptualise the double helix DNA structure. Crick was a fan of Aldous Huxley a novelist famous for his accounts of his experiments with LSD and other psychedelic substances. Crick was also an activist on the reformation of drug laws including cannabis.

Another Nobel prize winner that has credited his breakthrough discovery to LSD is Kary Mullins. Kary Mullins revolutionised the field of biochemistry by discovering  a way to easily  amplify chosen sections of DNA. In a series of interviews Mullin´s has been open about the instrumental role of LSD in his life. He describes LSD as mind-opening and more important than any course he took. Regarding his breakthrough discovery, Mullins doubted he could have made it without the use of LSD.


Sources

  1. W.W. Harman, R.H. McKim, R.E. Mogar, J.Fadiman, M.J. Stolaroff. Psychedelic Agents in Creative Problem-Solving. A Pilot Study. Psychological Reports, 1966, 19, 211-227. Southern Universities Press 1966 Monograph Supplement 2-V19.

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