How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
October 22, 2017 • Reprints
By Steven Kotler, Jamie
Published Feb. 21, 2017
Microdosing is a new trend in Silicon Valley. A growing number of developers and other tech professionals are taking small dosages of psychedelic drugs - typically LSD or psilocybin (”magic”) mushrooms each morning to improve their productivity at work. Mad Men protagonist Don Draper had it all wrong. With small fractional dosages, (typically about 10% of a dose, to avoid tripping) microdoses claim increased creativity, proficiency in problem-solving, better focus and less anxiety.
While tech visionaries such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates famously experimented with hallucinogenics, the practice has become more common in the past few years. The proponents even have their own manual to the world of enlightened states.
“Stealing Fire” describes how Navy SEALs, Google developers, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, the United Nations, Nike, Red Bull execs, Burning Man devotees and others are seeking the enlightened consciousness of “
The heart of “Stealing Fire” is focused on the pursuit of
The power of the Burning Man experience (see “Why this former floor trader keeps returning to Burning Man”) is building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream. Burning Man is likely the largest and most bizarre U.S. gathering to involve imagination, art, self-expression
“Stealing Fire” references early studies that showed eight weeks of meditation training measurably sharpened focus and cognition. More recent studies have carved that down to five weeks. Ecstasis only arises when attention is fully focused in the present moment, where optimal potential can be unlocked and limitlessness can be obtained.
“Stealing Fire” is an articulate endorsement of the pursuit of