Tag Archives: Popologetics
Beware of Nice People!
In the 1960s Yale social psychologist Stanley Milgram carried out an experiment to measure the willingness of participants to obey authority figures. The basic idea was to see how far the participant (in the role of a teacher) would go in administering electric shocks to a stranger (in the role of a learner who was actually an actor pretending to receive the shocks), when ordered to do so by the experimenter.… Read more
Richard Dawkins, Slenderman and the Terrible Power of Fantasy
Not too long ago, Richard Dawkins asked parents: “Is it a good thing to go along with the fantasies of childhood, magical as they are?” Dawkins’ genius for publicity rivals Katie Hopkins’ and Miley Cyrus’s. When Richard wants a headline he shall have a headline: he uses preposterous statements and ludicrous questions to generate absurd amounts of free-advertising on Twitter and in newspaper columns.… Read more