Sunday, January 11, 2009

Milgram's 08

This is astonishing. If you don't know about Milgram's experiment, you should read about it. Peter Gabriel wrote a song about it, called "We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)," and here's a video someone made for it. It gives a pretty good sense of the original experiment in an artistic form.

Well, it turns out they have done the experiment again, and the results are the same! Here's the article from the NY Times. I guess given what happened at Abu Ghraib, I should be as surprised as I am. Perhaps this is a part of human nature we will never really overcome.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I just discovered this guy from a recommendation from a former student. He is pretty great. This video sort of captures what I find good about him. You can check out his site at