Foster - Ordinary Men: How Normal People Can Do Terrible Things

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Foster - Group psychology is applicable to any armed conflict. We expect soldiers to kill and be killed, but what about civilians and other non-combatants? In this talk Dr. Volkan will use the example of the Nazi "Einsatzgruppen" as an instance of how relatively ordinary people engaged in horrendous acts of cruelty. Psychological insight from the Milgram and the Stanford Prison experiment will demonstrate how easy it is to get humans to do things they wouldn't otherwise do.