posted on Jun, 30 2011 @ 04:17 PM
I am curious what you all think of this experiment and how it plays out in a society which grants certain members similar authority as in this program
over the rest of the population
Do the results of this experiment translate into some of the reports of abuse of authority we see regularly?
Additionally there is this work examining people's response to an authority figure telling them to do (believed) harm
The Millgram experiment probed peoples willingness to do perceived harm for an arbitrary benefit to the pain recipient. It demonstrates how willing
people will harm others if they feel it is for a greater good.
Given these strong examples does the same translate into an innate abuse of authority by those carrying it? Do these scientific studies carry weight
in application to real world conditions? If so is more authority an answer to social ills?