Factors That Drive Obedience And Conformity
Mano Singham has posted the results and analysis of experiments evaluating responses to authority and peer pressure. To quote: "It is perhaps not hard to see why being religious or having a religious authority figure makes people more likely to be persuaded to go along with cruel acts. Religious people have usually been indoctrinated from childhood to believe that god is the ultimate authority figure and that unquestioning obedience to god's commands constitutes a virtue that will be rewarded." Truly scary.
Posted by Tom Rafferty