January 8, 2008

by Reb Yudel
We're still following orders!

Stanley Milgram's (in)famous conformity experiment which is usually always described as being 'too unethical to perform today' has been replicated., this time ensuring that no unethical stress was put on the subjects.

The good news came from the experimenter:

Although each of these safeguards came with a methodological price (e.g., the potential effect of screening out certain individuals, the effect of emphasizing that participants could leave at any time), I wanted to take every reasonable measure to ensure that our participants were treated in a humane and ethical manner.

The bad news was the results:
The study found that levels of obedience were about the same now, as they were in the early 1960s when the original experiment was first run.

Remind me again why Holocaust education matters?

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