While I await for permission to put up intriguing things I’ve rediscovered from my sociology book and slowly but surely work on another language and thought post I thought I’d put this up. Below is the link about an interesting experiment called the Asch experiment and touches on other things that intrigue me. Here is an excerpt from the site which has the Asch and other experiments I’ll put on here:

The experiment is related closely to the Stanford Prison and Milgram Experiments, in that it tries to show how perfectly normal human beings can be pressured into unusual behavior by authority figures, or by the consensus of opinion around them.

The Asch experiment:


It also mentions the Milgram Experiments which came from trying to explain the horrors of the concentration camps.

A book I wish to finish on this is called Ordinary Men by Christoper R. Browning and a good review of it on Amazon is below from here:


Amazon.com Review

Shocking as it is, this book–a crucial source of original research used for the bestseller Hitler’s Willing Executioners–gives evidence to suggest the opposite conclusion: that the sad-sack German draftees who perpetrated much of the Holocaust were not expressing some uniquely Germanic evil, but that they were average men comparable to the run of humanity, twisted by historical forces into inhuman shapes. Browning, a thorough historian who lets no one off the moral hook nor fails to weigh any contributing factor–cowardice, ideological indoctrination, loyalty to the battalion, and reluctance to force the others to bear more than their share of what each viewed as an excruciating duty–interviewed hundreds of the killers, who simply could not explain how they had sunken into savagery under Hitler. A good book to read along with Ron Rosenbaum’s comparably excellent study Explaining Hitler. –Tim Appelo

So it is also interesting to look at and the link on the site for the Milgrams Experiment can be found here:


The ETC…

The Stanford Prison Experiment is also a terrifying look at the darker side of human nature and it’s link can be found here:


Of course there has been some question on the validity of the results on some of these but it can’t be denied that this darker aspect exists when looking at history. I think maybe it strikes me more and maybe others though because in general, so much goodness can come from people too. To name a few…Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul II, Abdul Sattar Edhi, and I regret I’m certain to leave too many out as well as people in our everyday lives. I just didn’t want to end this on a completely sobering note.

So here’s an inspiring true story about World War I where despite authorities saying to fight these British, German, and Scottish didn’t fight.

There is a French movie about called Joyeux Noël and the true story behind it can be found here about the Christmas Truce.

As the end of the article states:

Today, pragmatists read the Truce as nothing more than a ‘blip’ – a temporary lull induced by the season of goodwill, but willingly exploited by both sides to better their defences and eye out one another’s positions.  Romantics assert that the Truce was an effort by normal men to bring about an end to the slaughter.

In the public’s mind the facts have become irrevocably mythologized, and perhaps this is the most important legacy of the Christmas Truce today.  In our age of uncertainty, it comforting to believe, regardless of the real reasoning and motives, that soldiers and officers told to hate, loathe and kill, could still lower their guns and extend the hand of goodwill, peace, love and Christmas cheer.