Friday, April 04, 2014

Great moments in the Ethics of Science.

Sociological experiments that taught racism:

Her exercise wasn't the first to look at how even small children form into factions and develop an irrational contempt for others. In 1961, psychologist Muzafer Sherif had two groups of 12-year-old boys camp out in Robber's Cave State Park in Oklahoma. After getting each group to bond within the group, Sherif had the groups compete in a tournament, with games like tug-of-war or baseball. The winning group got pocket knives. That was an ill-advised prize. The two groups started turf wars, seizing playing fields, burning each other's flags, ransacking each other's cabins, and getting so violent that the psychologists had to separate them. //

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