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Philip Zimbardo:
The psychology of evil

TED2008 · 23:16 · Filmed Feb 2008
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Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil
23:16 · Filmed February 2008 at TED2008 · Subtitles available in 32 languages

Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

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Philip Zimbardo was the leader of the notorious 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment — and an expert witness at Abu Ghraib. His book The Lucifer Effect explores the nature of evil; now, in his new work, he studies the nature of heroism. Full bio
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