Monday, February 18
Kanya, Abdu, Natalia, and Rachel
People are capable of tremendous evil and great good, depending on the circumstances they are placed in. Acts of both obedience and resistance have the capacity to inspire, like in religion and social movements, and to repulse, like Nazism and the French Reign of Terror. This class will analyze the causes of that duality based on both social experiments, historical reactions, and literary commentary.
- Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Documentary)
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding (optional)
- “The Psychology of Evil” – Philip Zimbardo (TEDTalk video)
- 5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed
- 10 reasons why India has a sexual violence problem*
- India: Protesters Call for Execution of New Delhi Gang-Rape Culprits*
*Optional but recommended- they are short articles!
WHAT IS MIND CONTROL AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH HOW WE PAY ATTENTION IN THE WORLD AROUND US?
Because Professor Ariely will be off joining a cult on Monday, Feb 18 (it’s a social science experiment: that’s dedication!), the interview the student leaders will tape for this course will be with Prof Davidson and the brilliant magician Joshua Lozoff. To hear both of us talk about attention, distraction, and mentalism and the elegant beauties of magic unfolding before our very (blind) eyes, please listen to this NPR interview by Frank Statio: http://wunc.org/post/science-behind-paying-attention.
See Joshua Lozoff’s website http://www.deep-magic.com/
READING RESPONSE INSTRUCTIONS:
After completing the readings and watching the videos, add a Reading Response comment to the comment space beneath this schedule post, and respond to a peer’s comment. Please select one reading from each of the categories Obedience, Evil, and Resistance, and:
- Write about your reaction to each of the readings. Some of these readings are very emotional, so we encourage you to be creative and personal.
- Please write a well-formed question that we can ask during our in-class interview.