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    More on Jobs’ Deadliest Mistake

    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.

    Topics: Tech | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “More on Jobs’ Deadliest Mistake”

    1. DT Says:
      October 22nd, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Or Christianity

    2. KS Says:
      October 22nd, 2011 at 10:52 am

      Instead, [Jobs] tried a vegan diet, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments he found online, and even consulted a psychic. He also was influenced by a doctor who ran a clinic that advised juice fasts, bowel cleansings and other unproven approaches, the book says, before finally having surgery in July 2004.

      Isaacson, quoting Jobs, writes in the book: “‘I really didn’t want them to open up my body, so I tried to see if a few other things would work,’ he told me years later with a hint of regret.”
      (AP story, October 20, 2011.)

      I don’t infer that Jobs consulted a psychic for healing. (Do psychics have anything to do with Buddhism, anyway?) I doubt that he would have advocated similar alternative treatments if his minor child were diagnosed with cancer.

    3. Christopher Says:
      October 23rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      What are the “supernatural forces” involved in Zen Buddhism?