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Milgram Experiment It was a few weeks, maybe a month ago when I was approached outside my own home by an official looking man. He seemed at the time a perfectly reasonable person. He had an ID badge clipped to the jacket of the suit he was wearing. He walked up and introduced himself as Dr Lionel and proceeded to tell me about some PHD in human psychology. It felt re-assuring the way he acted so confidently, I honestly felt as though I was in safe hands with him. He asked me if I would participate in an experiment to test the limitations of the memory of normal everyday people. He said this was purely in the name of science, which I found out later was at least partly true. I agreed to help him out at the time, after all not many people get chances to do things like that. There were no further instructions other than to meet him at a warehouse in the industrial area of the city the next day at 7am. I thought this was a little unorthodox at the time, but of course I am no scientist. I went back inside feeling enthusiastic about what was to come so I made an announcement about my involvement in a scientific experiment to my family. ...read more.


I was bewildered as to why he was so frightened. One of the other men in the room took me from the place Donald was in just down the corridor to another room. It was filled with wires and flashing bulbs on space-aged looking equipment. The first thing I considered was that I was also going to be hooked up to the machine. The man with me never introduced himself at all; he just sat me at a chair with a microphone and some sinister looking dials and switches in front of me. Something seemed disturbing about the whole set up. The man left the room. I looked closer at the dial that was fixed before me, I noticed labels around it. They had captions such as "20 volts - Mild shock" right up to "450 volts -Instant Death" written on them. There was also a large red illuminated button labelled "ADMINISTER SHOCK" Written in capital letters. In retrospect I think I was in denial about what I was going to do at this point. The door opened suddenly behind me and I almost jumped up out of the chair. The man who I met the day before walked in and knelt down beside me. He slowly explained that in the test I played the roll of a teacher. ...read more.


I stood up and span around to face the people in the room as fast as I could. I turned to face someone in the middle who was holing his hand out as if I should shake it. I looked up at his face. It was Donald. My heart literally skipped a beat. I grabbed his hand and I was so grateful to as well. I thought he was dead. I had to check with him again. I asked if his name was Donald. He told me that at least I thought it was. He explained that the whole experiment was not a test of memory. It was a test of how far I would keep on shocking the subject. He said that his name was Richard O'brian and that he was just an actor. The sounds I heard were recordings. The button I pressed just started the recoding. It didn't hurt anybody. I had never been more relived in my entire life, but then soon my happiness turned to disgust. What if the test was real? I'd have killed him. I was capable of killing an innocent human being, I was a monster, and I would have to live the rest of my life knowing that I'd have willingly painfully murdered a perfectly innocent human being. This was the biggest, most shocking, bewildering, and mind boggling thing that would ever happen to me. I was a killer, a stone cold killer. ...read more.

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