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Zed mentions a spooky experiment. Milgram and and Zimbardo showed…
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Zed mentions a spooky experiment. Milgram and and Zimbardo showed us how rough, easy-to-discern external conditions stimulated submission and violence. But here, the subject is hardly aware of the stimulus.
And, in the spookiest aspect of the experiment, the subjects still felt as if they were choosing freely.
"What is clear is that our brain has the interpretive capacity to call free will things that weren't," he said.
 If Zimbardo had that late-night show, Zimbarded!, Milgram would make a great sidekick.