Unit 2 Social Science and Ethics
Jake Loveless

Hey Jake, thoughtful post and I appreciate your views even where we differ in opinion. I would ask you this question about the Milgram experiment, given your take on the ethics of it all. Do you feel that there was perhaps an amount of trust that the scientist’s position of authority had to have garnered from the participants to have them forgo their own reservations and follow the orders? I only ask , because I feel like that trust is necessary, but also underestimated in its full impacts. So much of the readings we were provided (and even others I’ve found outside of those) highlight how far the participants were willing to go if they knew the responsibility of their actions would not fall on them, but on the scientist giving the orders. To me, this is somewhat of an oversimplification of how much the trusted role the scientist occupied in the minds of the participant “teachers”, and how much their perceived expertise in the areas focused on, and processes used, in the study played a part in those who continued on pushing passed their own comfort and conscience. I just feel that trust has to play a major factor in this study, and yet, it’s not really talked about. Since we view these experiments differently, I would love to hear your thoughts on this question I keep puzzling over.

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