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  1. Hmmm…the article says “Only a tiny percentage of people refused.”, I think they’re getting their facts wrong. Just over a third refused to go all the way, in the original experiment, which is a minority but hardly “tiny”.

    1. The claim in the article is “Milgram found that most people would keep delivering the shocks when ordered by a person in a lab coat, even when they believed that person was gravely injured. Only a tiny percentage of people refused”.

      In the original experiment, the “grave injury” level was at 315V out of 450V; at 300V the “subject” would begin pounding on the wall, and at 315V he would suddenly play dead. 26 out of 40 subjects went all the way to 450V, but an additional 5 went past 315V, for 78%. Is 22% a tiny percentage? Maybe, when you’re talking about refusing to murder someone.

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