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Milgram

I was listening to a very interesting interview on CBC with a psych prof who recreated (mostly) the Milgram experiment. Quick synopsis is: the willingness of people to defer to authority and administer pain to other human beings regardless of their normal outlook on such things. Milgram did his experiment in 1961... the study now shows no statistically significant change in the amount of people willing to inflict torture on others if they believe its "right". 70% of the subjects continued to administer shocks.... and there was no difference between men and women in the study.

Links here, here, and here about it.

I find this sort of thing fascinating. It might go a long way to answering some questions about the nature of "evil", and the grim realities of human nature. Take a look around you. Under the right conditions, 7 out of 10 people you know would probably have no problem sending you off to the camps.

A chilling thought.

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manoman
Jan. 10th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
It's scary how people will simply fall in line without questioning things. Wonder how that is related to how people choose the candidate for whom they will vote?
hellion
Jan. 10th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I did some work with that experiment with some of my students, it came up as a comprehension test. They were all HORRIFIED by it.

So was I when I looked further into it 0.0!
dark_nymph
Jan. 10th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
I think I read about that in Barbara Coloroso's book "Extraordinary Evil". It pretty much takes the example of childhood bullying and shows how similar it is to the genocidal issues of the world. I highly recommend the book.

http://www.amazon.ca/Extraordinary-Evil-Barbara-Coloroso/dp/0670066044
subdermal
Jan. 11th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm actually surprised it hadn't gone up since 1961.
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