Der Brief von LSD-Erfinder Albert Hofmann an Steve Jobs

Das hier ist so awesome, obwohl es eigentlich gar nicht so awesome ist, aber die Idee, der Fakt, das ist irgendwie so grandios – ich kann das gar nicht wirklich erklären, warum das so grandios ist. Aber es ist grandios. Und awesome.

Der 101jährige LSD-Erfinder Albert Hofmann hat Steve „LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life“ Jobs im Jahr 2007 einen Brief geschrieben, weil er wissen wollte, wie genau sich dessen LSD-Erfahrungen auf seine Kreativität ausgewirkt hatten. Ob Jobs den Brief beantwortet hat, weiß ich nicht, aber er wurde jetzt veröffentlicht und er liest sich gar nicht so spektakulär:

Dear Mr. Steve Jobs,

Hello from Albert Hofmann. I understand from media accounts that you feel LSD helped you creatively in your development of Apple computers and your personal spiritual quest. I'm interested in learning more about how LSD was useful to you.

I'm writing now, shortly after my 101st birthday, to request that you support Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Peter Gasser's proposed study of LSD-assisted psychotherapy in subjects with anxiety associated with life-threatening illness. This will become the first LSD-assisted psychotherapy study in over 35 years.

I hope you will help in the transformation of my problem child into a wonder child.


A. Hofmann

Aber ich finde die Tatsache, dass der 101-jährige Albert Hofmann einen Brief an Jobs schickte, auf so eine trippige Art superfantastisch. Apple, designed by a bunch of Hippies on LSD. Fuck, yeah!

Steve Jobs has never been shy about his use of psychedelics, famously calling his LSD experience "one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life." So, toward the end of his life, LSD inventor Albert Hofmann decided to write to the iPhone creator to see if he'd be interested in putting some money where the tip of his tongue had been.

Hofmann penned a never-before-disclosed letter in 2007 to Jobs at the behest of his friend Rick Doblin, who runs an organization dedicated to studying the medical and psychiatric benefits of psychedelic drugs. Hofmann, a Swiss chemist, died in April 2008 at the age of 102. [...]

Written just after his 101st birthday, the letter's penmanship is impressive for a man of his years. I showed it to my grandmother, Ruth Grim, who was 8 years Hofmann's junior and did amateur handwriting analysis as long as Hofmann had been tripping. Without knowing who he was, she said in an e-mail that "something happened early in his life that made him twisted about things. Maybe he felt threatened. Also--creative with his hands, hard on himself, thinks a lot, stubborn, careful with the way he expresses himself, not influenced by other's thinking."

Read the Never-Before-Published Letter From LSD-Inventor Albert Hofmann to Apple CEO Steve Jobs (via Gizmodo)