Human obedience: The myth of blind conformity

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In the 1960s and 1970s, classic social psychological studies were conducted that provided evidence that even normal, decent people can engage in acts of extreme cruelty when instructed to do so by others. However, in an essay published November 20 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Professors Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher revisit these studies' conclusions and explain how awful acts involve not just obedience, but enthusiasm too -- challenging the long-held belief that human beings are 'programmed' for conformity.

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Nifty little article.   One of the things t... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 4:55:55 PM
a) You had shitty teachers;b) You didn't do your h... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 6:43:09 PM
No, Dan, it's not like that. You are wearing yours... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 6:06:28 AM
I'm not wearing myself out trying to figure you ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 10:48:27 AM
reply to Daniel:   There is nothing I can t... by Ned Lud on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 7:46:13 AM
to being challenged and at the same time unable to... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 11:57:10 AM
"Decent people participate in horrific acts not be... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 12:53:08 PM