Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

"...the pornography of Power"

--->Police Brutality Ratcheted To a New level. CBC Reports Over 400 Deaths from Tasers Since 2001. And that CBC report is about 2 years old.

But the following has got to be seen to be believed as passive (almost sweet) voiced officers show their Jekyll side: A 911 call for help after a fall ended with a 64-year-old cancer survivor getting Tased three times by police in his California home, an action his attorney said could have killed him. See the horrific torture... Note the taser light targeting him on his chest from the beginning. Instead of carrying him out physically, they torture. The rationalizations are pathetic. Imagine what goes on that we do not see. Here the man's wife pleads with the police before the events to put the taser down, the man says he will not hurt himself, that he is already in a lot of pain due to his physical condition which depressed him. He said he could not go to the hospital because he was unemployed and had no insurance...

See the video: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. It is not the crude jurisprudence of ancient times or the Middle Ages or the French Revolution, but as timely as today, concentration camps, US forces and Abu Graib, Islamic honor killings, Gaza fire from the sky, US police Tasers... Perhaps no one comprehends the roots of depravity and cruelty better than Philip Zimbardo. He is renowned for such research as the Stanford Prison Experiment, which demonstrated how, in the right circumstances, ordinary people can swiftly become amoral monsters (see video graphic lecture) Pardon the liberal lady syncretist in a collar who in any case does well in sponsoring this conference.

The aim for us all is to see the problem so as not to fall into it again.

Then recall "The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts [of torture] that conflicted with their personal conscience"