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Watch the following videos on the now famous Milgram Obedience Experiment, conducted over 50 years ago (you may need to copy and paste these addresses into your browser:



Discuss the following questions:

– Why did the majority of people follow the instructions to increase voltage?

– If such an experiment would inflict real pain on the subjects who were answering the questions incorrectly, who should be held most responsible – the people who developed and organized the experiment or the individuals who are pressing the buttons?

– Many people say that they would never follow such instructions.  If so, why do we continue to hear about military atrocities and why do companies like Enron and WorldCom continue to violate basic rules of ethics?

– Support your rationale with information from out text and/or other sources.

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