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The Prospect podcast #76 — The experiment that gave us the wrong idea about evil, with Stephen Reicher and Alex Haslam

Stephen Reicher and Alex Haslam discuss how we misunderstand the nature of evil.

By Prospect Team  

In 1961, two things happened that seemed to change our idea about evil forever: Hannah Arendt reported on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, and a Yale experiment showed the apparent willingness of subjects to issue electric shocks to their fellow human beings—just because they were told to.

But what if everything we thought we learnt that year was wrong?

Stephen Reicher and Alex Haslam discuss how we misunderstand the nature of evil.

Plus: Steve Bloomfield on the march against Brexit, and Sameer Rahim on why Ricky Gervais isn’t funny anymore.

       
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