Thursday, March 18, 2010

Milgram experiment replicated. But why?

Anyone who has taken Intro Psych or ethics would have heard of the name Stanley Milgram. Here's the Wikipedia link to his most famous experiment back in the 1960s. In short, subjects were ordered to give increasingly severe electric shocks to another person. Most of the test subjects obeyed. What was unethical about it was not that someone was continuously shocked. That person was just an actor. But it was that it revealed a hideous dark side of the subject. They now have to live the rest of their lives knowing that they are capable of essentially killing another person just because someone told them to.

Recently, this experiment was replicated on a French TV show. See here for details. This begs the question: Why?

This has already been done. The results of this experiment was already well documented. So I suppose this is being done just to mess with people?

For the past several decades, the Milgram experiment was taught to all students in the scientific field. The purpose was to make them aware of ethics and so that such experiments do not happen ever again. Everyone who took part in replicating this experiment is just being sinister.

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