milgrim essay - believe most modern scientists would...

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Rob Scogin November 26, 2007 12:20 Topic #1
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Milgrim’s study was intended to measure the willingness of a subject to obey an authority who instructs the subject to do something that may conflict with the subject's personal conscience. The experiment raised questions about the ethics of scientific experimentation itself because of the extreme emotional stress suffered by the subjects. (Case Study) I feel that this experiment was unethical because it pitted against the subjects' strongest moral imperatives against hurting others, and, with the subjects' ears ringing with the screams of the victims, authority won more often than not. Milgirm put his desire to complete the experiment in order to gain insight in human psychology above the fact that he was forcing the subjects to cause extreme pain to the other subjects. I
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Unformatted text preview: believe most modern scientists would consider the experiment unethical today because of those facts. Had I been one of the teachers who did administer the shocks I would have ended up wrestling my conscience over it and wouldn't have continued the administration. I'd have thanked Milgram for exposing a part of myself I hadn't know about prior to the experiment. I'd have thanked him for the self-enlightenment he provided me with, after the relief of finding out that I was merely a subject, and no shocks were actually administered. Works Cited "Case Study: Milgram Obedience." Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Engineers . 26 Nov 2007 <http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~kfoster/milgram.htm>....
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course PSYC 2004 taught by Professor Dmharris during the Fall '06 term at Virginia Tech.

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