RE: The Experiment

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            <I have only seen the first episode so far. Some interesting stuff
    emerging .
    > The only quibble I have is that it nowhere near a recreation of Zimbardo's
    > Expt (not surprisingly!). The age demographics are far more spread out
    > than
    > the originals, so the participants have had more practice and experience
    > of
    > the uses and abuses of power. Could they have been afraid that if they
    > used
    > young (early 20's) males that they would encounter the same problems? At
    > what age are many people radicalised? It seems to me to be at about the
    > same
    > age as Zimbardo's original participants.
    > Your thoughts on this?>
            Yeah, one of the problems it seems to me is that the people they've
    picked are deliberately from a range of backgrounds. The second episode is
    particularly interesting in this regard, when they send an experienced union
    negotiator in to see what he can do. But otherwise, I'm not sure about when
    people become radicalised, or for that matter more likely to be conformist,
    or if there are periods when either is the case. There's the folk wisdom
    that teenagers are more rebellious, but just may be symptomatic of
    contemporary culture, I dunno.


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