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The Neurembourg defence offered by the chief Nazis, but dismissed by the Allied prosecutors - well, a recent French experiment, where contestants in a fake TV show, were encouraged to administer up to 450V on an actor when he failed to answer a question correctly, seems to indicate that around 80% of us would "follow orders" to the point of killing someone. :shock: The contestants encouraged by the authority figures of a TV quiz host and egged on by a TV audience (equally oblivious to the fact that the actor's screams of pain and eventual death, were just acting); went all the way with the juice button - scary?! :shock: How would you react? :?

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This experiment was based on one that took place in the USA many decades ago; with similar results: so nationality doesn't make folk immune from a similar reaction - in fact, given the ovine nature of the British, the level of conformity may even be higher! :shock:

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Other experiments, like the one where two groups were divided into captives and captors; evolved into gratuitous cruelty by the captors - human nature is a strange thing - but folk don't really know what most are capable of, given the right circumstances. :shock:

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That latter one is about accountability and mob mentality. Humans will do whatever they think they can get away with, or whatever they think others aregetting away with. There are not many people who won't abuse power if it's given to them. Even I make the kids clean the car, bath the dog and perform various other menial chores just because I can!! :twisted:

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