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INTERVIEW: Dr. Philip Zimbardo and Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez on The Stanford Prison Experiment

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.02.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

When it comes to research into human behavior in groups, one of the most notable, foundational studies is the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment. While it was scheduled to last longer, the experiment was cut short after six days when the guards began to abuse the prisoners.

When Don't We Buy What Research is Selling?

Dr. Philip Zimbardo | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science
Dr. Philip Zimbardo

What is special about the The Stanford Prison Experiment movie is the way it enables viewers to look through the observation window as if they were part of the prison staff watching this remarkable drama slowly unfold, and simultaneously observe those observers as well.

Are We All Potentially Evil?: A New Dramatic Film Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment Reveals Why Good People Turn Bad

Michael Shermer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Science
Michael Shermer

Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.

Creator Of The Stanford Prison Experiment Looks Back On Its Disturbing Outcome

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.15.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

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Absolute Power

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

God bless America. Flags wave, fireworks burst on the horizon. Aren't we terrific? But this idea we celebrate -- this nation, this principled union of humanity -- is just a military bureaucracy, full of dark secrets.

Carolyn Gregoire

How Technology Speeds Up Time (And How To Slow It Down Again)

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

It often feels as though time speeds up as we age, with each season and year seemingly passing by more quickly than the last. And according to some ps...

Evil and the Scapegoat

Arthur D. Colman | Posted 03.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Arthur D. Colman

Creating scapegoats is not without its hazards to the perpetrators or community at large.

The Systemic Crushing of Young Nonconformists and Anti-Authoritarians

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Bruce E. Levine

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI believe that our young anti-authoritarians -- our potential heroes -- have far less of a need for hero courses in their schools than a need for help in battling against the systemic, authoritarian aspects of their schools.

Taking Responsibility Is a Key for Doing the Right Thing

Jerry Burger | Posted 05.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Jerry Burger

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoMany of the ethical missteps we see in everyday life are made possible when we assign blame to other people ("The cashier gave me too much change, I didn't make her do it").

American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Jameel Jaffer

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTrained in the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the military interrogators and guards who tortured and dehumanized prisoners in U.S. custody after 9/11 were hardly without ethical bearings.

Be the Hero: Preventing the Next Newtown

Ravital Segal | Posted 03.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Ravital Segal

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWithout dispute, the Sandy Hook shootings were despicable and inhumane. But in light of this clear trend, can we reasonably call the shootings "unimaginable" or "unfathomable?"

The Social Influence Of Good Vs. Evil

Bryan Wood | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Bryan Wood

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoViolence and evil are no strangers to our world, and they are never going away. However, if we learn to recognize the sources of derelict behavior, we may be able to intervene and prevent good people from making tragic decisions.

There's a Prison Guard In Each Of Us

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Peter A. Georgescu

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAs a child in Romania, I watched the Communist authorities come into our house and pull my grandfather from my grandmother's arms -- taking him to a prison where he was eventually kicked to death by a guard.

The Many Faces Of Evil

Marina Nemat | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Marina Nemat

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoEvil is not simple and does not fit in a box; it manifests itself in many shapes and forms, from the victim who becomes a torturer, the Nazi who follows orders, and the psychopath who kills without remorse, to the bystander who remains silent in the face of terrible injustice.

What The Stanford Prison Experiment Teaches Us About The Workplace

Janice Harper | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Janice Harper

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoJust as Phil Zimbardo talks about the slippery slope of evil that begins with the subject mindlessly taking the first step toward aggression through a seemingly minor action, when mobbing begins, workers are not initially encouraged to be cruel to the targeted worker.

Heroism Within Ordinary People

Jaroslav Andel | Posted 04.15.2013 | Good News
Jaroslav Andel

We need to interconnect alternative stories so that they create a coherent whole -- a new, larger story, that will offer the requisite amount of social cohesion on the one hand, and openness and hope on the other.

Is Daniel Kahneman Really the World's Greatest Living Psychologist?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 01.18.2012 | Home
Margaret Heffernan

If The Guardian and the BBC are to be believed, Daniel Kahnemann is the world's greatest living psychologist. This is quite a claim -- but is it true?

How to Raise a Hero

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

BYSTANDERS stand by and watch while other kids are bullied. HEROES don't let bullying happen: they intervene, get help. They are out to save the world, one kid at a time.

Avatar: An Anti-War Film Challenges Us to "Be All That You Can Be"

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dilenschneider

An avatar is a being of matchless integrity, and every culture has examples like Abraham, Moses, Miriam, Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mary, Mohammed, Fatimah, Chief Joseph, Nan'yehi.

Spiritual Toolbox: Meditation - Walking in the World

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dilenschneider

Go for a walk. When you take a step with your left foot, breathe the word "Glory." When you take a step with your right foot, breathe the word "Amen."

America's Willing Torturers

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

We stand justified in asking our leaders to hold America to a higher standard -- to probe the decisions and decision-makers who led us to that darkened cell with its waterboards and bug boxes.