The most unnerving psychologist in America (organizer of the Stanford Prison Experiment; always looks like he’s just tied a lady to the railroad tracks) explores the foundations of social cruelty. The premise is simple, and survives many reiterations: people are untrustworthy animals when they don’t pay attention. The proposed solution, whether you’re a prison guard, soldier, or office drone, is to maintain self-awareness and question authority.
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