By Kyle | October 20, 2011
Steve Jobs put off having a tumor removed for nine months while pursuing quack cures
in accordance with his wacky anti-science religious beliefs:
He tries to treat it with diet. He goes to spiritualists. He goes to various ways of doing it macrobiotically and he doesn’t get an operation,” biographer Walter Isaacson said in the interview.
Jobs deeply regretted putting off a decision that might have ultimately saved his life, according to Isaacson.
“I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking …. We talked about this a lot,” he said.
The lesson: No matter how smart you are, know what you don’t know. Arrogance can cost you your life. Also: belief in supernatural forces is equally silly whether you brand it voodoo or Zen Buddhism.