Zimbardo on heroism

Edge has a video of Philip Zimbardo talking about what his investigations into the psychology of conformity and abuse have told him about the psychology of non-conformity in the face of evil.

He starts his talk with the following:

One of the questions I’ve been asking myself is, is there a counter point to Hannah Arendt’s classical analysis of evil in terms of her phrase ‘the banality of evil’.

Zimbardo largely describes how his previous work pointed him towards studying heroism and non-conformity, but also gives a nice outline of some of the historical and political background to his work.

Link to page with embedded Quicktime video.

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