The Milgram Experiment: Is Humans Naturally Good Or Evil?

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The long asked philosophical question of whether humanity is naturally good or evil is extremely complicated due to the simple truth that every single moment in recorded history is a evidence for this question. Scrutinizing over all of this information in an attempt to pick out single events that represent the majority of humanity would be nearly impossible and ultimately make for a weak argument. Instead the seemingly best answer at this point in time lies in the blooming new field of Psychology. Now there is irreproachable, empirical data to support the idea that Human are naturally good from birth and are naturally more likely to cooperate with another even if it means missing out on personal gain. The idea that babies were blank slates …show more content…
The ill informed would most likely cite the Milgram experiment. The Milgram experiment, conducted by Stanley Milgram, goal was to understand how the Nazi 's could get so many supporters for the mass genocide, at the time only happened several years ago. The experiments true goal masked under the fassage of teaching through positive reinforcement, the addition of stimuli. In the experiment there were three characters, the teacher, the scientist and the learner. The scientist and the learners were just actors. In the experiment the teacher would read out a list of words and then asked the learner to repeat those words in order from behind a closed door, if unsuccessful the teacher would deliver increasingly large electric shock to the learner based on how many they had gotten wrong. The shock was not real but the learner would fake a scream to match with the electric shock in volume until the higher range of the shocks where the learner would fall silent after begging to be let out and saying he has a heart condition. If the learner ever got nervous or asked questions the authoritative figure would simply say “The experiment must continue” and “His safety is mine and the research institutes concern” They found that “In the first set of experiments, 65 percent of forty participants continued until the 450-volt shock. None of the participants

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