March 30th, 2017


Why good people can commit atrocities

There is a good episode on the Through The Wormhole show, Can We Eliminate Evil? For those who are interested, here is the full episode:

Some may have heard of the Milgram experiment. Apparently, its results are still valid today for most participants. Because this is what a new research shows after investigating people's proneness to electrocute an innocent person just because they have been told to do so.

In fact, now the results have become even worse than in the original experiment. The shocking conclusion is that more than half a century after the original research, the majority of respondents are still as prone, if not more, to electrocute a defenseless person that they do not know if some authority orders them to. This controversial research was first done by Stanley Milgram in Yale back in 1960, and it was inspired by the seemingly inexplicable way that the entire German nation fell in line with the ideas of the Nazi regime and become accomplices in its atrocities. Milgram wanted to discover if the Nazis and their supporters had inherited evil, or they were just blindly following orders by an authoritarian figure.

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