Why do people do evil/bad things?

Philip Zimbardo talking at google.  Philip goes in detail on how the power of the situation/environment can influence someone to  commit evil acts.  Contains Milgram and Stanford prison experiments but also shows how people can be hero’s by standing up for what is right.  If you haven’t seen the New York subway hero video it is a must see.

An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability

Peak Moment 51: Tour Scott McGuire’s “White Sage Gardens” in the back yard of his rental home — a demonstration site for suburban sustainability. He ponders, “How might a household produce and preserve a significant portion of its own food supply?” Composting, a water-conserving greenhouse, and seed-saving are all facets of this beautiful work in progress.

The Milgram Experiment

The Milgram experiment was a seminal series of social psychology exterments conducted at Yale University by psychologist Stanley Milgram.  He measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience. Milgram first described his research in 1963 in an article published in the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, and later discussed his findings in greater depth in his 1974 book, Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View. You need to have flashplayer enabled to watch this Google video

Stanford Prison Experiment 1971

The Stanford prison experiment was a study of the human response to imposed social roles on behavior. It was conducted in 1971 by a team of researchers led by Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University. Undergraduate volunteers played the roles of guards and prisoners living in a mock prison that was constructed in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.