Posted by: colegrove | Sunday 27 July 2008

Think for yourself

Olive Leaf Tea

Olive Leaf Tea

I sit with a cup of Olive Leaf Tea around the coffee table, pondering human nature. What brings me to this place? Well, I like to begin and end my days with some kind of reflection.

Today: Church. Lunch. Game of Tennis. Romantic dinner with the wife. Researching. Pondering. Therein lies the day that has just past me. I wasn’t really researching, but watching some clips of Derren Brown shows. Derren Brown, a psychological illusionist and mentalist has been on British television for the past few years doing tricks of the mind and other amazing feats. The particular clip I was watching was from “The Heist”. Derren is using suggestion and persuasion techniques to get his subjects to do things they would never do under normal circumstances.

The Milgram Experiment

The Milgram Experiment

The reason this brings me to think about our minds and natures, is that Derren Brown had his subjects re-enact the famous Milgram Experiment. I hadn’t thought about the Milgram Experiment since college Psychology class, so if you’ve never heard of it, it’s not new.

Stanley Milgram at Yale University began his experiments in 1961, when the Nuremberg Trials were under way. Were the war criminals were “just following orders” when they were faced with their atrocities? He wanted to see how far people would go, just to obey an authority figure.

In each case Milgram had two actors and one subject. The subject was told that the experiment was to test memory. The subject would give the person (actor) in the other room an electric shock with each wrong answer he would say. These shocks would increase in voltage with each wrong answer. Eventually the actor in the other room, who is not actually being shocked, screams out in pain. But, the other actor, dressed as a formidable looking scientist, continues to tell the subject to go on with the experiment.

Nuremburg Trials

Nuremburg Trials

What do you think the results were? How many subjects would continue administering near lethal shocks when told to by a man in a lab coat? An unbelievable 66%!

This experiment has been repeated time and again with the same results. 66% or higher continue with the experiment to the end. One study showed a most scary thing… 20 in 26 would give out the most lethal of the shocks if told to by the actor in authority. In fact, no one even stopped the experiment before reaching 300 volts.

What does this mean for us today? How far will we go and what will we end up doing, if someone in authority tells us to? What darkness lurks in the back of our minds when we allow our conscious to be pushed aside?

Stanley Milgram

Stanley Milgram

Just think… when we pass 26 people on the street on the way to work or class: 20 of them have the potential to do horrendous things to their fellow man, just because they were told to. The human soul may be darker in some respects that we think.

May we always stop and think before we act – and always remember this experiment. I believe in authority: in the home, at work, in government, and so on. But we must never be afraid to stop and question that authority when it passes our moral standards. The implications of this experiment are far reaching in scope.

Another point to ponder? Are the 20 people who continued past the lethal shock dosage brainwashed? Are they suppressing their conscious or is blind obedience part of their moral beliefs?

Here is the Derren Brown clip from YouTube:

Derren Brown

Derren Brown

But since I always like to end on a happy note, may I bring back the subject of the near empty cup of Olive Leaf Tea? We all know of olives, both the ripe black ones and my favorite, the unripened green ones. They’re good on salads, pizzas, wraps, or even by themselves. We all know of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil that we use in cooking and dressings. The old fashioned olive oil lamps that once lit the desks of those in times past. Why stop there when using the plant? Olive Leaves have been used medicinally for centuries. Olive leaves are one of natures most potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral formulas known to man and has even been used to help stop Strep Throat and the common cold. The tea can seem strong at first and may take some getting used to, but it is soothing at the same time. Olive Leaf Tea is also one of the best known ways to support the immune system, having one of the highest levels of antioxidants, as it absorbs more free radicals than Vitamin C or Green Tea! So drink up… well, mine is gone, but tomorrow starts a new day!

I think everyone should check out Derren Brown though, every show he has been on has been both amazing and mind blowing!

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Responses

  1. that must be interesting.. 😉


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