Would you torture me? I would torture you!

In one of the most dramatic psychology experiments ever conducted, Professor Stanley Milgram proved that I would torture you and that you would torture me if we were directed to do so by a recognised authority.

This was the famous experiment called the Milgram Experiment.

Hard to believe? Well they’ve done it again …

BBC News:
Decades after a notorious experiment, scientists have found test subjects are still willing to inflict pain on others – if told to by an authority figure. US researchers repeated the famous “Milgram test”, with volunteers told to deliver electrical shocks to another volunteer – played by an actor.

Even after faked screams of pain, 70% were prepared to increase the voltage, the American Psychology study found. Both may help explain why apparently ordinary people can commit atrocities.

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3 thoughts on “Would you torture me? I would torture you!

  1. The idea of a “recognised authority” is used regularly (by the media) to force opinion onto us. Blindly we accept the opinion without any validation of the “recognised authority” credentials. So it seems if a recognised authority tells us to inflict pain or suffering – physical or mental we blindly follow (their instruction) believing the recognised authority has superior judgement than ours – morally or otherwise. Recognised authority tells us “no pain no gain”.

  2. in almost all system we are being governed by hiearchiey the step above is right the one below learns,quickly to agree thus becoming a good corporate man.seen from the outside as a strength,good team work ect.as seen by the 1974 fortune 500 companies in existance today processes and outcomes must have been torturous in itself.

  3. I remember being deeply surprised ,outraged, and shocked when I read about the original Milgram experiments in my studies of educational psychology several decades ago…….and the effect on me was decisive.
    I now ask or demand to know the basis of authority for moves made “officially” that deprive me of my right to speak, or act in ways I see as ethically correct.
    I always ask myself ….”Can I do this?” when the question of harming someone else comes up…. and on many occasions I say “NO”.

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