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The Lucifer Effect by Philip G. Zimbardo
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Oct 27, 2011

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Mixed feelings. Some of the conclusions, particularly in his section about Abu Grahib, are devastating and hopeless, but also provide a useful way to look at situation and its effect on behavior. What I could have done without is the half of the book dedicated to a sappily-narrated, mostly masturbatory account of the Stanford Prison Experiment. You're a big deal, we get it. If you do want to read it, read the first chapter, skip nearly 200 pages to the actual psychology of the experiment, and continue reading.
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