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The official Stanford Prison Experiment site is here:  www.prisonexp.org/

Imagine, however an alternate reality:  The Stanford Graduate School Experiment

Welcome to the Stanford Graduate School Experiment web site, which features information about this classic psychology experiment, including parallels with the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of academic life conducted at Stanford University from its founding to the present day.

How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned four-to-eight year Ph.D program simulation, an investigation into the psychology of academic life, had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the graduate students who participated. In only a few days, our "professors" became sadistic and our "graduate students" became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Please join me in an investigation into this experiment and uncovering what it tells us about the nature of human nature.


I am under the impression that Stanford students have above-average intelligence and love love love to please their teachers.  That's how they got to be Stanford students.  Real convicts tend to have below-average intelligence and don't give a fuck about pleasing anybody.  That's how they got to be convicts.  I have my doubts about this experiment.

Parting thought: Theodore Streleski was a graduate student in mathematics at Stanford University who murdered his former faculty advisor with a sledgehammer on August 18, 1978.  He described it as a protest against the horrible treatment of Ph.D candidates.   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore…
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