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John Markoff on Silicon Valley Psychedelia

In a recent Vox interview, John Markoff discusses how the use of psychedelics and drugs among tech figures like Elon Musk is often portrayed as a recent trend in Silicon Valley, but in reality, the fascination with such substances dates back to the region’s counter cultural roots and early days of technological innovation. It highlights how the use of psychedelics was seen as a means to enhance creativity and explore new ideas, with historical experiments involving key figures in the tech industry, and contrasts this with the current perception and coverage of drug use in the tech community, arguing that it is neither a new phenomenon nor entirely central to Silicon Valley’s identity.

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