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The Origins of Evil

In a recent posting to YouTube (linked below), Social Psychologist Philip Zimbardo talks to TED about the origins of evil—how good people can behave badly because of the social or institutional situations in which they find themselves. Referencing his own Stanford prison experiment and the famous Milgram conformity experiment, Zimbardo discusses events like Abu Ghraib, and how groupthink can get even good people to perform acts of unspeakable evil. The YouTube video is linked here: it contains images of a disturbing, often sexual nature from the Abu Ghraib prison.

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