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Just in case you thought humans were basically good...

Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:48 pm

They've redone a Yale study from the 60's in France recently, and yep, most human beings will still torture and electrocute people if a game show host tells them too...

Game show contestants turn torturers in a new psychological
experiment for French television, zapping a man with electricity until
he cries for mercy -- then zapping him again until he seems to drop
dead.

"The Game of Death"
has all the trappings of a traditional television quiz show, with a
roaring crowd and a glamorous and well-known hostess urging the players
on under gaudy studio lights.

But the contestants did not know they were taking part in an experiment
to find out whether television could push them to outrageous lengths,
and which has prompted comparisons with the atrocities of Nazi Germany.

"We were amazed to find that 81 percent of the participants obeyed" the sadistic orders of the television presenter, said Christophe Nick, the maker of the documentary for the state-owned France 2 channel which airs Wednesday.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100316/ts_afp/francetelevisionpsychologyentertainment

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Re: Just in case you thought humans were basically good...

Post by Mercedes on Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:40 pm

You would have thought that the intense psychological scarring that the participants suffered after the FIRST experiment would have kept it from being repeated. Ah well.

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Post by shadowflame1974 on Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:54 pm

Well, 16 walked out. At least some people had some sense.

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Re: Just in case you thought humans were basically good...

Post by Kerr on Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:37 pm

It is thought provoking, underlining the need and the opposition to thinking out of the box. Excuse me while I...b'aaaaa....

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Re: Just in case you thought humans were basically good...

Post by Kerr on Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:57 pm

Hmm...went to read through the original Milgrim Experiment. Scary stuff really, but interesting that the participants afterward were mainly grateful for the chance to learn something important about themselves and human nature. Because of it, one later refused to fight in Vietnam. So, the experiment actually becomes a good thing, making the participants think rather than just follow blindly along. Makes you wonder why they are frowned on then, eh?

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