December 19, 2008

WHATEVER ELSE TORTURE MAY BE...:

People 'still willing to torture' (BBC, 12/19/08)

Decades after a notorious experiment, scientists have found test subjects are still willing to inflict pain on others - if told to by an authority figure.

US researchers repeated the famous "Milgram test", with volunteers told to deliver electrical shocks to another volunteer - played by an actor.

Even after faked screams of pain, 70% were prepared to increase the voltage, the American Psychology study found.


...it isn't inhuman. Nor illiberal.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 19, 2008 9:00 AM
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