Fascinating RadioLab episode explores ideas of good and “bad” in thought and behavior

RadioLab's "The Bad Show" episodeThis thought-provoking series of stories on the WNYC public radio show RadioLab includes an important revisiting the 1960s experiments by Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram which are widely viewed as demonstrating that people will do terrible things if told to do so by authorities. As Alex Haslam (Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Exeter) explains in the show, Dr Milgrim’s subsequent experiments actually demonstrated the opposite. I won’t spoil the story, but encourage you to listen to the episode.

Of note, their second story, besides being increasingly fascinating on multiple levels, finds a way to use the phrase “batshit crazy” as a literal adjective.

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