Stanley Milgram’s notorious experiments on “obedience to authority” have for six decades posed a riddle for us. In this talk, Dr David Kaposi seeks to find the key to them by focusing on the smallest of phrases used by the experimenter: “Please continue?” The seemingly innocuous phrase has been used vastly more frequently and successful than anything else Milgram’s experimenter uttered. How so? Dr Kaposi will demonstrate its power residing in implicit violence: an assault on human agency that nonetheless cannot be recognised as such.
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