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Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011): hail to the prophet?

October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs: extreme visionary, charismatic leadership, early death, commitment by those leading the organization that he started to forever keep his spirit as their foundation…it certainly has some fun parallels with the inception of a religion.

Especially on the heels of a NYTimes article saying that–neuro-technically speaking–people are literally in love with their Apple products, can anyone doubt the unusual impact that Mr. Jobs had on the world? It will be interesting to see him become transfigured into a mythic persona in the modern legend.

Comments from Apple regarding the death of Steve Jobs:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of use who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
Read more:

http://techland.time.com/2011/10/05/ap-reports-apple-says-steve-jobs-has-died/#ixzz1ZzcyrGJg

New York Times piece on the neurological love-response of people to their Apple products:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/opinion/you-love-your-iphone-literally.html?_r=2

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3 Comments
  1. Dianne permalink

    I think he was a very bright, capable man who did a lot in his field, and probably a good man too, but I find the deification of him on the internet the past day kind of creepy and cultish. Great post though, Michael!

    • michael@positiveneuro.com permalink

      We tend to do that, don’t we? :) I’m fascinated by the formulaic elements of personality cults. Glad that you liked the post!

  2. I’m interested to watch the effects of his early death. Will we see him having the influence of a martyr?

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