Wednesday, April 04, 2007

books on my list : lucifer effect and human behavior

Philip Zimbardo talks about his new book 'Lucifer Effect: How good people can do bad things". Zimbardo says "That human behavior is more influenced by things outside of us than inside." This is a book I am looking forward to read along with "Discipline & Punish: The birth of the prison" by Michel Foucault. Foucault analyses the birth of modern society and the role of prisons as a symbol of power and means for delivering justice.


Id it is said...

Lucifer Effect sounds very interesting; lucifer effect reminded me of Conrad's 'arkcould be yet another take on the 'dark streak' in man that was so extensively explored by Conrad in his novels.
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I believe that prisons have always existed wherever human societies have had to sanction bad behaviour.

This was true 10,000 years ago!

bharath said...

hey Anon, if prisons are only to sanction bad behavior, as an extended arm of justice, then through history the composition of who filled the prisons : their class status, their race, etc. always turned out to be among the oppressed. why so?

prison is a deeper social organism than it appears to be. the same goes for many universities and colleges too.