Thursday, 16 January 2014

You Can Trust Me, I'm a Scientist


For the past 50 years,we've been talking about the power of authority, all because Stanley Milgram conducted a famous experiment. Derren Brown even reproduced the experiment on TV, with the same shocking results. But you have to remember, he's a magician, whereas Milgram was a serious scientist working under strict experimental conditions.

Or was he?

A new book by Gina Perry, 'Behind the Shock Machine', shows that, in fact he manipulated the experiment and the data to show the result that he wanted.

So are our views of authority changing, or was our point of reference just a lie all along?

You can find out more about the book here:

http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/psych-lies-and-audiotape-the-tarnished-legacy-of-the-milgram-shock-experiments

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