Summary of “Silicon Valley’s Crisis of Conscience”

Another iconic image of Esalen is a fictional one: the final scene of “Mad Men.” Don Draper sits, cross-legged and ill at ease, on the Esalen lawn.
Esalen is just outside Silicon Valley, so the executives who visit it have come from the likes of Intel and Xerox PARC-and, more recently, from Apple and Google and Twitter.
“There’s a dawning consciousness emerging in Silicon Valley as people recognize that their conventional success isn’t necessarily making the world a better place,” he told the Times.
“The C.E.O.s, inside they’re hurting. They can’t sleep at night.” If the tech tycoons were already going to Esalen for ethical and spiritual guidance, then perhaps Esalen could guide them toward a less rapacious business model.
For a long time, the prevailing posture of the Silicon Valley élite was smugness bordering on hubris.
For all the talk of Esalen becoming a beacon of moral guidance for the tech √©lite, the institute’s public schedule looks much as it did in the seventies.
After the piece about Esalen ran in the Times, a new C.E.O. was installed in Tauber’s place, and Esalen’s leadership tried to reassure its Aquarian customer base that their beloved sanctuary would not be overrun by tech bros.
“Esalen played its own part in the collapse of Soviet Communism,” Jeffrey Kripal, a professor at Rice University, wrote in his 2007 book, “Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion.” If hot-tub diplomacy could help thaw the Cold War, surely it can help diminish human downgrading.

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