What's NeXT? Software, Psychedelics and the Origins of OS X & iOS - Andrew C Stone @twittelator

It wasn't a secret that Steve Jobs dabbled in recreational drugs, but new Pentagon files reveal just how much he valued the mind-altering substances, crediting his LSD use with having a 'life-changing' effect on him.

In a government security clearance questionnaire, filled out in 1988 and released June 2012, the late Apple founder divulged he took LSD up to 15 times between 1972 and 1976.

While he said he had 'no words' to explain how he reacted to the hallucinogenic drug, he told Department of Defense officials: 'It was a positive life changing experience for me and I am glad I went through that experience'.

The next decade Apple is just taking off, and the legend goes that Steve even encouraged his engineers to try LSD.
Some of the great Macintosh software titles were envisioned while high on acid, but that was to be expected by this time because it had been almost a decade since Francis Crick made breakthroughs into the helical nature of DNA on LSD trips in 1967.

Meanwhile, I'm spending a decade with the counterculture in New Mexico inventing an alternative green future - and remember this before using the word "dirty" to describe a "hippie" - solar energy, green building, psychedelics and cannabis for well-being, organic gardening and urban homesteading - all highly desirable top-shelf commodities today. But after awhile, all of this became boring.
However, the Mac+ I was using to design buildings was not boring whatsoever.

It was magical and seductive and it connected me to the world of Bulletin Board Services and a 300 baud connection to another computer that you had to wait in line to connect with! The proto-Internet.

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