The Milgram Experiment

Milgram ExperimentIn everyday situations, we are apparently inclined to obey orders because we believe we will be rewarded for it or because we wish to avoid the negative consequences of disobeying or simply because we believe in the legitimacy of authority figures. When the morality of our actions is questioned, we may justify our behaviour by assigning responsibility to authority figures rather than to ourselves.

The Milgram Experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, who wished to uncover the factors that led Nazi soldiers in World War Two Germany to follow Hitler’s orders to exterminate six million Jews. Participants in his experiment were instructed by a figure of authority to administer electric shocks to another person. The study demonstrated that people obey either out of fear or out of a desire to appear cooperative, even when they are acting against their own better judgment and sense of morality.

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

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