Why leave people in the dark about what they are truly capable of?
YOU MAY not have heard of Stanley Milgram, but chances are you will be aware of his psychology experiment from 1961. In it, he arranged for a dour scientist in a grey lab-coat to instruct certain people (“teachers”) to administer increasingly severe electric shocks to an affable stranger in an adjacent room if he gave the wrong answers to questions in a test.
The aim for Milgram — the child of Eastern European Jewish parents — was to find out the extent to which we are prepared to follow the orders of an authority figure. His underlying motive was to discover just how the Nazis’ programme of annihilation, based on