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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Did you know that Dawkins objected to the imposed-upon title of his documentary "the root of all evil", saying that it was stupid and that nothing is the root of all evil?
This is a question from the Ask Me Anything page. It may have relevance to a similar question I answered earlier Do you agree with Richard Dawkins that religion is the "root of all evil?". I stated then that I wasn't aware of that quote (and a commenter clarified later that Dawkins never said that) and I had an opinion that Dawkins may agree with. In that response I stated that religion is a pillar of evil because it is an authoritarian system where an individuals own judgement is replaced by the group's (the Pope, Imam, etc). I used the Milgram Experiment to support my point.
Answering the current question my seem redundant, but I thought it would be a good time to support my argument that a lot of what we consider evil is a product of our irrational obedience to authority by showing a video of Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment. It is disturbing and if more people saw it there would be much less assholery (yes - I do try to make everything funny).
I used two videos. The first showed more original footage though the quality is poor. The second shows some comments from the experimenter, Phillip Zimbardo.