The experiment ended six days later when the girlfriend of one of the researchers objected to the ethics of the experiment.
Of the roughly 50 people who observed the experiment, she was the only one who voiced moral objections.
How do you know that you’re not a psychopath, a sociopath or an idiot?
They’re all equally dangerous, for reasons that will soon become clear. We’ll explore the symptoms of a sociopath, and the signs that you may, in fact, be an idiot.
That 65 percent plays the role of idiot, which is all the more disturbing when you remember that they are just ordinary people responding to authority. But more to the point: Do you feel bad when you hurt someone?
Do you have serious regrets about how you’ve treated people in your past?
In fact, a lot of times an idiot is little more than the puppet of a psychopath or a sociopath. The Milgram Experiment The Milgram Experiment is one of those apocryphal stories that comes up a lot in dorm room bull sessions and bar talk. In 1963, researchers at Yale were curious to know just how willing the average person is to obey authority that conflicts with their personal sense of right and wrong. The experiment involved three people: a researcher, a test subject, and an actor pretending to be a volunteer.
The researcher urged the test subject to deliver electric shocks to the volunteer every time the volunteer got the answer to a question wrong.
Your life is both literally and figuratively at stake here.
But before we jump into that, though, we have to answer a question closer to home.