Debate:What are the lessons that we should take away from the Milgram Experiment

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Discernment

Although I didn't create this subject, here is my responce to whomever posted the question: That the majority of people are capable, if given the slightest provocation, to do harm to others. It answers my fathers question he asked himself after touring one of the Nazis death camps that had been liberated by the Allies in 1945. What kind of person is capable of doing such horrific deeds to others? Given the opportunity by their leaders in the government the majority would carry out laws and orders given to them no matter how malicious. Just as they always have in the past as well as are doing somewhere on Earth right at this very moment. The lesson should've been to commit no harm or cruelty to your fellow human beings. Humanity failed the test. The other lesson is how do you correct the 61-66% that will always be willingly blindful in their obediance to any perceived authority over them? Those that only need the minimum persuading that it's for the common good, or that it's for the good of the children. The people who are easily convinced by major media moguls and easily swayed by daily opinion polls. You teach them how to discern between authority figures that are beneficial and those that are malicious. You teach them that intollerance towards evil acts is the right stand to take. You teach them to discriminate between wrongful behavior and doing the right thing. In other words, you teach intollerance and discrimination, which is the complete opposite of what is being taught today in the name of political correctness. I would be interested in what someone would do after they understood the results of the Milgram Experiment and were subjected to the same type of experiment today. Would you (a). Refuse and merely walk away (b). Call 911 on your cellphone and subdue the persons conducting the experiment or (c). Carry out the experiment and deliver the maximum voltage? Here's a subtle hint for that 61-66%: call 911.--Roopilots6 11:31, 22 October 2007 (EDT)

I was reading a book recently which discussed the Milgram experiment under the topic of the influence of authority. The author then discussed another experiment that has been conducted, also with concerning results. A person claiming to be the hospital physician called a nurse, giving them orders to give a certain amount of a drug to a particular patient. However, 1) the nurse had never met the physician in person. 2) Giving orders over the phone was against hospital policy. 3) The drug had not been approved for use by the hospital or an internal group/person that was supposed to give authority (I don't recall which). 4) The dose ordered was twice what it clearly said on the label was the maximum safe dosage per hour. Now of course the experimenters stopped the nurse long before they reached the patient, but I think it was about 90% of the nurses who took the drug from the cabinet and started walking towards the patient's room. This kinda suggests that when people are given orders by someone in a position of authority, their brain just switches off.
A more humorous example that occurred one time (not by experiment, but happened in a real situation); A patient was complaining of an earache in the right ear, and the doctor wrote orders for earache medicine to be given to the patient in their right ear. However, he abbreviated the instructions to read, rather than "Right ear", to read "R ear". The nurse then proceeded to deliver the ear drops up the patient's bum. Neither the nurse nor the patient questioned the order. The human instinct to unquestioningly obey authority led to this ridiculous situation.
Because of this, I think one of the lessons to be learnt from the Milgram experiment is to be aware of the dangers of mindlessly obeying authority. - JamesCA 11:14, 28 June 2012 (EDT)

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