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Chapter 15 Lecture 2 - lecture and class notes

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Lecture 20
oObedience
oDramatic examples of dark things
oObedience to authority- huge issue
oHistory offers many examples of atrocities:
Systematic killing of millions by Nazis in WWII
Anyone that was caught was put on trial
Defense was usuallyI was a good officer obeying orders
US Soldiers massacre in My Lai during Vietnam War
While us tries to help the war
Interview b.w Mike Wallace and person who was part of a
platoon under the leadership of lieutenant kali on 60
minutes
oThey were ordered to kill all the villagers
oWere these people different from us? Were they cold-blooded killers? Was
their personality the cause of their behavior?
Men, women children, babies
Kali told him to kill- I want them dead
Kali shot them
So the others shot them
Push and shot them into ditch
Why? Felt like he was ordered to do it
Get the sense that it was not their idea but they did it anyways
oSocial psychologists say that the situation often exerts strong pressures on
the individual. Orders given by people in authority create such pressure
oLet’s look at Milgram’s research on obedience to authority
oVideo on Obedience
oElectric shock for punishment for memory experiment
oNervous laughter and smiling
oMany continued because of the nervous tension between the teacher and
the experiment even when they were thinking that they were feeling bad
about it they did it
oVictim provided many wrong answers
oProtests were recorded with the voltage amount
oThey protested the authority and still continued
oThe person that is sending the volts feels guilty the further they get along
oSomeone knows very well that he doesn’t want to be doing what he is
being to be told
o65% of the time- subject went all the way to the end
olessons
1. ethical question raised
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Lecture 20 o Obedience o Dramatic examples of dark things o Obedience to authority- huge issue o History offers many examples of atrocities: Systematic killing of millions by Nazis in WWII Anyone that was caught was put on trial Defense was usually I was a good officer obeying orders US Soldiers massacre in My Lai during Vietnam War While us tries to help the war Interview b.w Mike Wallace and person who was part of a platoon under the leadership of lieutenant kali on 60 minutes o They were ordered to kill all the villagers o Were these people different from us? Were they cold-blooded killers? Was their personality the cause of their behavior? Men, women children, babies Kali told him to kill- I want them dead Kali shot them So the others shot them Push and shot them into ditch Why? Felt like he
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