2 thoughts on “#224: When Obedience Is Not the Answer

  • February 4, 2020 at 1:27 am

    I heard more about this than provided by the usual telling… on NPR, IIRC?
    The experiment was more elaborate than as we are usually told. There were variations of the experiment.
    The results were more morally reassuring than the “scary” results implied by the usual write-ups.
    Many of the “perpetrators” objected when given an easy excuse to refuse to continue “torturing” the “victim”. But i no longer recall the *manner* of coercion in the “no excuse” variation.
    Also, I think we should recognize that Nazi death camp command to some degree selected staff for their “eagerness” (psychopathy/ viciousness/ sadism)

    • February 5, 2020 at 8:27 am

      Thank you so much for your comment. I know of this experiment. It was amazing that the subjects continued to “torture” their victims. To me it suggests the importance of teaching children not blind obedience but the ability and the “room” to speak and think for themselves.


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