Philip Zimbardo might be best known to schlubs like me as the guy who narrates the psychology television series we find on the community college/public access channels. You know the guy: he looks like Satan. And I know most of us have stopped just for a moment, as we were flipping through channels, and ended up watching the whole program.
He is most well known in psychology circles, however, for the Stanford Prison Experiment, which showed that normal groups of people can quickly devolve into Lord of the Flies type cruelty.
After testifying in defense of one of the soldiers implicated in the Abu Ghraib debacle, he has published a new book called The Lucifer Effect, outlining the comparisons between the S.P.E. and A.G.
This interview whetted my appetite to read the book.