Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Milgram lives

The bloody idiots

People 'still willing to torture'

Decades after a notorious experiment, scientists have found test subjects are still willing to inflict pain on others - if told to by an authority figure.

I call the test subjects 'idiots' at least partly because - hello? Most famous psychological experiment ever? Didn't it ever occur to them 'Oh yeah, this is the one where they try to trick you into electrocuting people'.

Anyway, to me this isn't about the inherent cruelty of humans, but about their social malleability and weakness.

Thanks (if that is the right word - given how unsettling it is) to andrewducker for the link.
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