1994-04-26 - RE: Milgram & Authority

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From: Duncan Frissell <frissell@panix.com>
To: CYPHERPUNKS@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1994-04-26 11:38:10 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 26 Apr 94 04:38:10 PDT

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From: Duncan Frissell <frissell@panix.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 94 04:38:10 PDT
To: CYPHERPUNKS@toad.com
Subject: RE: Milgram & Authority
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B >Q:  In this book, does it say whether the test subjects were asked 
B >about their thoughts on this?   Did they provide an explanation, from 
B >
B >their own point of view, for their obedience or what they understood 
B >about the objective of the experiment - before & after?
B >
B >Blanc

The subjects were very upset during and after the experiment.  Some broke 
down while administering "lethal" shocks.  They often cried and begged the 
"researcher" to let them stop zapping the victim.  In those cases where a 
white coated researcher with a clipboard was standing behind them, the 
subject was much more likely to impose greater shocks than if there was no 
"researcher" present.

The main reason they did it is because they were being told to.  Primates 
have a hard time disobeying authority figures or standing out from the 


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See.  And you all thought I was a heartless right wing nut.

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