This book presents the case for assuming that people are inherently good. It examines and debunks many of the most famous psychological studies which have displayed the darker side of human nature including: The Stanford Prison experiment, Stanley Milgram's experiment on obedience, and even 'The Lord of the Flies' novel!
So what is this radical idea? That most people, deep down, are pretty decent.
On the story that prompted the 'bystander effect' theory:
It’s shocking how little of the original story holds up. On that fateful night, it wasn’t ordinary New Yorkers, but the authorities who failed. Kitty didn’t die all alone, but in the arms of a friend. And when it comes down to it, the presence of bystanders has precisely the opposite effect of what science has long insisted. We’re not alone in the big city, on the subway, on the crowded streets. We have each other.Read more...