Conformance Theory / False Belief Systems / Religion demonstrated by death game show

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    Mar 18, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    Believe it! This demonstrates the power of Conformance Theory, and the danger of false belief systems.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2010/03/17/cb.game.show.death.cnn?iref=allsearch

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    Mar 18, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    Creepy as hell.

    I feel for some of the contestants. I know after the Milgram experiment (Yale obedience study), many of the participants were psychologically damaged afterward.

    Good thing they caught it on TV.
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    Mar 18, 2010 5:56 AM GMT
    I saw this about the French game show on Nightline tonight and it has absolutely nothing to do with your 'false belief system'. It has everything to do with whether people follow their gut instincts or can be incited by stimuli..

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video/fake-game-show-shocks-people-10125966
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    Mar 18, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    Horsepower saidCreepy as hell.

    I feel for some of the contestants. I know after the Milgram experiment (Yale obedience study), many of the participants were psychologically damaged afterward.

    Good thing they caught it on TV.


    Yes it's been done before. We had a tv programme in Denmark that made some kind of obedience experiment back in the 60's or 70's. It's so famous that even though it's from before I was born, I've seen it rerun several times since on danish tv.

    in exactly the same way as in the french show, participants thought they administered increasing shock levels to a person as he got answers wrong in a test. only difference is they couldn't see the actor, only hear him screaming as they shocked him. those who went to the highest shock levels would then eventually "silence" the actor.

    of course many participants were psychologically damaged, and sued the tv station I think.
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    Mar 18, 2010 12:51 PM GMT
    Sounds like the Bush administration after 9/11.
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    Mar 18, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    Edit: it was in fact an exact replication of the Milgram experiment, that was made by danish tv in 1978.
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    Mar 18, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    It happens every day in "religion." This tv show was just a dramatic demonstration of how weak-minded many folks are; how Conformance Theory works; how folks wildly blindly follow instructions.
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    Mar 18, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    1963 all over again!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment