Unit 2: Research & Experiments
Liz Norwood

Hey Liz, I appreciate where you are coming from with your rulings on the ethics of each experiment. While you know from my own post, that we do not necessarily agree, I do think you have explained your position in such a way that it shows you have thought it through.

Your first paragraph about Milgram did make a question pop into my head that I wanted to ask your take on. As you said, it is important that we know the limits we will go to with regard to following orders, but with Milgram wanting to show that Nazi Germany could have happened anywhere, did we need further examples beyond what happened in the concentration camps (along with other historical examples of colonialism inspired genocides) to prove this point? Or did we simply, as a society, hold the German people in such low regard that we considered their claims of being lost under the authoritarian strain invalid? It would seem that the only reason we would need to prove Milgram’s point, was because we believed that it couldn’t happen anywhere. Is that a comment on the light we viewed the German populace with? Is it a comment on the effectiveness of the Allied propaganda campaigns against the German people? Or is it simply a coping mechanism so many cling to when tragedy’s of this scale happen where we tell ourselves that the nightmares happened elsewhere specifically because they couldn’t happen to us? I would be interested to hear your take on it.

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