In Pictures: Silicon Valley's tech culture - 'We just want to be alone'

From a distance, Silicon Valley may look like a center for technical innovation. But it's more than that. Look closer and you'll find a home for social outcasts, radical libertarians and nerdy geniuses who dream of fleeing society entirely and building their own tech-utopias.

The Burning Man Culture Every year San Francisco Bay Area denizens scramble to get tickets and head off to the Nevada desert to be a part of a hedonistic community that values radical art and self-expression above all things. It is escapism at its finest. The week-long event culminates with the bonfire of a wooden man. It's not just free spirits who attend, either. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google Co-Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, and venture capitalists and startup entrepreneurs have made the journey to Burning Man.

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