Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stanford U., Prison, and Lying Professors

Well, now.  It appears that a Big Shot Psychology Prof at Stanford completely faked a very well-known "study" on authority and abuse.

...Guards were reportedly so cruel to inmates that the experiment had to be cut short after just six days of its planned two-week duration.

The study and its authors have been cited for decades as proof that cruelty is driven by circumstance.

'The Stanford Prison Experiment is often used to teach the lesson that our behaviour is profoundly affected by the social roles and situations in which we find ourselves,' Dr Blum wrote in a report posted to Medium.

'But its deeper, more disturbing implication is that we all have a wellspring of potential sadism lurking within us, waiting to be tapped by circumstance.'...

Yah, well, it's complete and utter bullshit.  You can read the newspaper article about it.  Now you don't have to worry about your 'inner sadism'.  

HT:  Vox

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