How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo will speak Thursday afternoon at the TED conference about parallels between his infamous 1971 “prison experiment” at Stanford and prisoner abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq more than 30 years later. Wired.com has an exclusive video from Zimbardo’s talk, featuring Abu Ghraib photos he says are previously unseen.
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My first thought was, “What prevents any of us from snapping if we work in tight quarters with limited (pleasant) human contact?”