Behind the Shock Machine – Did Science Go Too Far?
In 1961 a psychologist named Stanley Milgram embarked on one of the most controversial yet fascinating psychological experiments ever conducted. Milgram wanted to find out just how obedient regular people were to authority figures. His idea was to conduct an experiment in which volunteers would ask questions to another test subject, and then with the encouragement of an authoritarian scientist, apply electric shocks of increasing intensity in response to incorrect answers.
Free Range Science brought together Melbourne writer, broadcaster and psychologist Gina Perry and medical ethicist Justin Oakley to discuss the Milgram experiment – what was it and what does it tell us about human nature? Was this a case of science going too far? This event was hosted by Lynne Malcolm, host of ABC Radio’s All in the Mind.
Perry has long researched the Milgram Experiment, and 2012 sees the release of another work on the subject, “Behind the shock machine”.
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