Very Bad Wizards

Episode 9: Social Psychology, Situationism, and Moral Character

December 3rd, 2012  •  1 hr 8 mins  •  Download (33.4 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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After discussing some listener feedback about the movie Swingers, Tamler and David talk about two classic experiments in social psychology: the Milgram Experiments and the Zimbardo Prison experiment. They discuss the power of the situation, its influence on recent philosophy, and whether there is room to believe in moral character and virtue. Also, Tamler admits to his former struggles with hard core street drugs, and Dave ponders which prison gang would be most accepting if he had to serve hard time.