posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 09:52 AM
This is a very interesting article:
The uncomfortable truth about mind control: Is free will simply a myth?
I've always been interested in Milgram's work. For those that aren't familiar with Milgram's most famous experiment, you can find the info
We are so attuned to doing as we are told. In childhood we 'do as we are told' when our parents say, when the teachers say, when anyone with a
uniform in authority says. It's no shock that in adulthood, this seemingly subconscious will to 'do as we are told' prevails.
But to think we can 'do as we are told' to the point of killing someone, or causing them harm, is very shocking. Indeed, were the guards in
Auschwitz simply doing as they were told? Isn't this how the whole military works? Would any of us do the same if we were in the same position? We
would all like to think that we wouldn't but who knows how far this will to obey authority runs deep in us.
The most interesting part to me lies in this quote from the article:
Milgram went with his students on to the New York subway. Their task was to approach passengers on the train and say, pleasantly: "I'd like
your seat, please". As Milgram pointed out beforehand, "if you ask a New Yorker if he would give up his seat to a man who gives no reason for
asking, he would say 'never'. But what would he really do?" The answer was that in just over half of all cases people gave up their seats when
Recently I decided to repeat this experiment in a busy London shopping centre, with similar results. I was surprised by how many people complied with
my completely unreasonable request, but even more surprised by how uncomfortable I found asking them to do it, something Milgram also discovered.
"I was about to say the words 'excuse me, sir, may I have your seat,' but I found something very interesting, there was an enormous inhibition, the
words wouldn't come out, I simply couldn't utter them, there was this terrible restraint against saying this phrase."
This is a fun experiment and i may just try this myself, if i work up the courage to do it. It's true that majority of us would feel extremely
uncomfortable giving orders like this, even in a polite way. Perhaps the people in power, the ones really pulling the strings, they are the poeple
that do not feel uncomfortable saying 'give this to me', even if it is an unreasonable request. To me, someone who would have no problems with
giving the orders and also do as they are told routinely would be a scary individual indeed.
So keep fighting the system.
And remember, don't do as you are told.