Obedience experiments

Around 50 years ago, scientists including Stanley Milgram ran an experiment to test how willing people would be to deliver electric shocks to people if they were encouraged to do so. Though no electric shocks were actually delivered, subjects were told that they were – and heard people scream as they believed they were dealing out potentially deadly shocks.

The Milgram experiment would go on to be defining statement of human’s willingness to go to extremes under direction from authority, carrying out commands even when they caused harm or even death.


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