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torknorggren14 karma

I really don't read (or teach it) that way--rather it is more important that when put in very constructed situations of authority, people behave in authoritarian ways.

As to good that comes from it--all students are now taught about this when we do Institutional Review Board training in ethics. It's a great example of a study that really fucked with a lot of people and could not be repeated today because of the ongoing effects that it had on participants.

torknorggren14 karma

Only the experimental social sciences--studies of this sort have been largely discredited, though it still amazes me what passes for "social psychology", where you have 100 college students getting paid 10 dollars a pop counting as your "sample". Much other social science (econ, sociology, clinical psych, etc.) relies on big data or observation/interviews that don't set up such bizarre situations.

torknorggren13 karma

Isn't the more relevant question how many people didn't die because there are flame retardants on the couches? What am I missing?

torknorggren12 karma

Beauty thing about Craftsman was always how repairable they are. Likely you'll be able to find replacement parts well into the future. If you blow out the motor with compressed air regularly it will last longer.

torknorggren8 karma

This is a really important question--and one of the most frustrating things about feral child studies. Those early hospital tests aren't going to pick everything up--as parents with kids on the spectrum know, problems don't necessarily show up until a kid is missing milestones. Dani's neglectful mom wouldn't pick up on missed milestones, so the extent to which children who are severely neglected make for useful case studies in things like language and social development are very much in question. IMO, it's more likely than not that Dani had certain congenital developmental problems that were never diagnosed.