Friday, January 06, 2006

The Decline of Western Civilzation

A british TV show, Derren Brown: The Heist is showing how normal people can be led into deviant behavior, such as stealing candy, or armed robbery.
"At other times it's more disturbing. The re-creation of the Stanley Milgram test, for instance, in which Vicky and Phil and the rest of our middle-management business people are made to think they are administering excruciating electric shocks to someone. It's a well-known experiment to show that people will do outrageous things just because a person in authority has told them to. Some of them are quite happy to carry on upping the voltage, even though the victim has apparently passed out from the pain."
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