Would you kill somebody if told to?

Would you kill somebody if you were told to by your boss or an authority figure? "Of course not. Are you nuts?" is probably the most common answer to this question. However, this can not be backed up with psychological research carried out in the sixties and seventies.

After Nazi-Germany had collapsed and the world started to realize the unbelievable things that had happened, a lot of sociological and psychological experiments were carried out to understand if, how, and when ordinary people lose their humanity.

How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib

WIRED features an interesting interview with psychologist Philip Zimbardo who conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment. He links his research to actual events like Abu Ghraib or jewish wardens in nazi concentration camps.

Read "How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib" over at WIRED.


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