Squirk's Overseas Experience

The tales of one Kiwi returning to Mother Britain and exploring the Big Wide World... without being eaten by a shark.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Lynndie appears on Slide 33

Skarnz wrote about the Milgram experiment which showed that when ordinary people are told to hurt others by an authority figure, they generally go along with it.

Man, psychology has the best emperical examples, by the way. Especially the old school ones that are super-unethical.

Well then, Mr Skarnz, the Stanford Prison Experiment will be right up your alley. The short version: A bunch of ordinary dudes get locked up in a university building made to look like a prison. Some other ordinary dudes are assigned guard duty. Things get really ugly, really fast. Dehumanisation and abuse of power escalate to shocking levels in a matter of days — and everyone plays along.

The slide show on the site tells the whole sordid tale. Recommended reading.


  • At 2:35 pm AEST, Blogger Jungle Rhino said…

    That was on a TV show a while back. Was quite frightening really...

    Happy brithday by the way old chap.

  • At 2:12 am AEST, Blogger Carly said…

    Crap i didn't realise it was your birthday! Hope you had a nice one!

    Wasn't there a movie about it all at the Incredible Film Festival one year????

  • At 7:00 am AEST, Blogger andrew brown said…


  • At 9:10 am AEST, Blogger Skarnz said…

    Avoiding the obvious connection between the phrase 'up my alley' and a 'prison experiment', I'll just say that: yeah, I think this one was in the same textbook. I was going to mention it, but it seemed to be pushing the 'blog-post overdose' limit (if you have any idea what I mean)

    Also, see how other people said stuff about your B'day? - Thats what I'm saying too (only without actually doing so. For some reason)


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