Thursday, February 2, 2017

COULD It Happen Here?

“This exploration of obedience was initially motivated by Milgram’s reflections on the ease with which the German people obeyed Nazi authority in discriminating against Jews and, eventually, in allowing Hitler’s Final Solution to be enacted during the Holocaust.”

You are given an order. Do you go along? What do you think you would do in a situation where you felt the order came from someone in authority? Before he conducted his experiments, Milgram expected Americans to be more resistant to authority than Germans. 

Who is the student, and who is the teacher? Who is the subject of the experiment, and what is being studied?

"The experiment must go on." 

If you’ve never read about Milgram’s studies, now would be a good time.

Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View
by Stanley Milgram
Paper, 224pp, $14.99

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