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...r activists were often arrested and sent to local jails, a time when few American college students ever considered becoming prison guards but could imagine becoming a prisoner. Thus, none of the participants expressed any desire to play the guard role and all thought they might learn something of future value from playing the prisoner role. The SPE shows that ordinary, intelligent, young men can quickly act in ways that are contrary to their rational appraisal of some behavioral contexts, especially those that are novel, where their habitual ways of responding do not work. This is where the title The Lucifer Effect comes from; the subtle and pervasive power of behavioral situations to transform ordinary, good people into mindless perpetrators of evil who are not bothered enough to accept the differences in individuality.They are not ignorant, they are egomaniacal.
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