Re: The Stanford Prison Experiment

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Wed Mar 12 2008 - 08:47:04 MDT

Stuart writes

> [Lee quotes wikipedia on "Stanford Prison Experiment"
>> "Specifically, it questions the notion that people slip mindlessly
>> into role and the idea that the dynamics of evil are in any way banal. Their
>> research also points to the importance of leadership in the emergence of tyranny
>> (of the form displayed by Zimbardo when briefing guards in the Stanford
>> experiment)."
>> As I had guessed: Zimbardo got the results he wanted.
> Interesting that. I've tended to dismiss criticisms of Zimbardo in the
> past (because I really hated his result, and therefore was on guard
> against wishful thinking on my part; perhaps a bit too much, in fact).

I admire and envy your progress toward overcoming bias!

> Doesn't undermine my point, though. However, the quote from the
> wikipedia article "In other words, the participants were merely
> engaging in role-playing." does do so, to some extent. But I still
> feel that situational issues are relevant to the whole "is a duplicate
> me" debate.

Hmm. It's a variation that I don't remember encountering in all these
years. Might be worth pursuing in a new thread. Surely you've
undergone grueling experiences. While they were occuring did you
ever happen to say to yourself, "Well, Stuart is dead, not sure if I
want to go back to being Stuart or staying the new person that I am?"
Or anything along those lines?


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