Tuesday, 29 April 2008

The Lucifer Effect - Group Think

In his book "The Lucifer Effect", Philip Zimbardo describes how context and situation can lead normal, healthy, well balanced and intelligent individuals to perpetrate horrendous outrages on others. It is a type of Group Think. Perhaps one of the advantages of Interactive Democracy is that this is unlikely to happen when power is in the hands of many divergent people - the electorate. Maybe it is more likely when power is held by a small clique without democratic controls, insulated from the outside world?

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