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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Drugs and Technology: There's a Link, Go Learn About It

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge Bath salts not included - JOHN MCAFEE
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  • Bath salts not included

Steve Jobs loved money. And drugs. And for the Apple co-founder, it was the latter that led to the former.

In addition to being one of the most successful capitalists since Carnegie -- and a freakishly obsessive megalomaniac who debated the "purpose of a couch" with his wife -- the late billionaire was a self-avowed lover of LSD, who called his trips on the magic bus "one of the two or three most important things I've done in my life."

Then there's software pioneer's John McAfee's late obsession with bath salts. Turns out that there's more of an intersection between psychedelic drugs and the world of technology -- which are both products of the 1960s in many ways -- than some semicolon-placers would have you believe -- and the Psychedelic Society would like to tell you all about it tomorrow night.

Wednesday's event is at 6:30 p.m. at the LGBT Center at 1800 Market, and is co-hosted by our friends at the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco and the Bay Area Software Engineers (BASE).

Jobs, they remind us, was a counterculture icon long before he had millions of consumers across the world by their proverbial Apples. And they've landed some big minds to discuss the link between expanding consciousnesses and the expanding power of computers and technology.

John Markoff, a senior science writer at the New York Times, will discuss the findings of his book What the Dormouse Said, which is all about how the '60s-era counterculture helped shape the personal computing revolution.

Also on hand tomorrow will be programmer and software designer Kevin Paul Hebert, who managed to develop software for Cisco Systems "entirely self-taught."

So free your head. And the net. Before the software starts writing itself.

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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