I’m sure you’re being funny, but there’s some truth to that.
Do you remember his explanation for that?
Phil Zimbardo’s did, but Milgram’s didn’t. His subjects were self-selected, but came from the general population of New Haven, both sexes, all ages, all edu levels, all backgrounds.
Milgram suspected that the widespread, self-congratulatory belief among USAians was wrong about the Shoah having been committed because the Germans were especially depraved. His idea was that they’d been taught from the cradle to obey authority no matter the cost, and that people in most countries, very much including the US, would be just as obedient. And he was right.
And his results were so powerful and so thought-provoking that similarly powerful experiments were all but forbidden.
There was recently a semi-replication in France:
[quote]France is reeling from a documentary about a psychological experiment disguised as a game show. Researchers staged a fictitious reality show to see how far people would go in obeying authority, especially if television reinforces that authority.
The disturbing results have alarmed the French.
The fictitious game show had all the trappings of a real TV quiz show, including a beautiful and well-known hostess, and a raucous audience. A group of contestants posed questions to a man sitting inside a box in front of them in an electric chair. The hostess and a chanting audience urged the players — who had levers in front of them — to send jolts of electricity into the man in the box when he gave an incorrect answer. Even when the player screamed out in pain for them to stop, 80 percent of the contestants kept zapping him.
In reality, the man in the electric chair was an actor who wasn’t really being shocked — but the players and the audience did not know that. [/quote]