Are geniuses like Steve Jobs born, made, or illuminated by drugs?

Major innovators of the world of computer science such as Apple and Microsoft had a little help. Steve Jobs believed that experimenting with LSD in the 1960s was “one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life.” Gates admitted to tasting LSD while he was under the age of 25. Story goes that Gates was staring at a table and thinking the corner was going to plunge into his eye.

Historical visionaries who indulged were:

Sigmund Freud, Cocaine.   He was a huge advocate of the wonder drug for many years.

Thomas Edison, Cocaine Elixirs. The prolific inventor and notorious insomniac regularly consumed “Vin Mariana”, a cocaine-laced elixir.

Paul Erdos, Amphetamines. Erdos was one of the most prolific mathematicians who every lives and had a habit of working 19-hour days into his old age.

Carl Sagan, Marijuana.  Sagan was a strong advocate of marijuana for use in enchancing intellectual pursuits.


Source: Salon, “These Intellectual Luminaries Indulged” by Robert T. Gonzalez (Aug. 16, 2013)

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