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    Role of Ethics in Experiments

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    I agree that these experiments were very disturbing. Just because I like to play devils advocate I have another set of questions for you! What would the other side say? Could the argument could be made that these experiments were ethical? Could the argument be made that the information obtained was valuable enough to justify the ethical problems? Do the ends every justify the means? In reference to Miligrans.

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    Actually, we did get feedback from the other side. To detail it in a better light, here is the actual feedback in the form of a letter that one of the participants of Milgram's experiment wrote during the Vietnam War:
    "While I was a subject in 1964, though I believed that I was hurting someone, I was totally unaware of why I was doing so. Few people ever realize when they are acting according to their own beliefs and when they are meekly submitting to authority... To permit myself to be drafted with the understanding that I am submitting to authority's demand to do something very wrong would make me frightened ...

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