- Jan 13, 2008
Well...the Milgram experiment was more to show that people are willing to follow the orders of someone in power, even if they knew it was wrong or dangerous. Not quite "suggestion", as that implies they are being led to believe something, when in the Milgram experiment they do not agree with/believe the experimenter. They are simply shifting blame from themselves to the experimenter, not taking what the experimenter says as the absolute truth or anything of that nature.how is it not, inseki? I see your point completely, but i still feel that just telling someone to do or not to do something is suggestion, whether they agree with it or not. the milgirm experiment was used to show how easily the human mind can be "suggested" if you will.
In fact, in the actual videos of the Milgram experiment, you can see that it pains the people (emotionally) to continue with it, shocking people--but they don't feel they themselves are the bad ones, as there is a man in a white lab coat standing there egging them on to keep going (in reality, they are allowed to stop at any time--but the experimenter does not make this clear during the experiment at all. He, in fact, says things such as "You must go on."). They knew that what they were doing was wrong (they even admit to that after the experiment), however they got caught up in the fact that the experimenter was egging them on, thus they shifted the blame to him and continued with the experiment.
As well, they felt that they would be letting down the experimenter/the study in general if they stopped participating, given how much the experimenter was egging them on, thus they continued on for that reason. This is the one thing that I would say loosely ties into magic--in particular, hypnotism.