Posts Tagged ‘social experiment’
I am writing to let all of you know that someone – though probably not the government – was running an experiment on America! They want to know what they can slide by us, and just how awful it has to be before we are willing to speak up.
This kind of thing has been done before . . . there are old psychology experiments where the experimenters would run a series of simple tests that didn’t do anything except make the test subjects feel like something was really happening. Then an assistant would run in and tell the subject that they had just received word that his sister had died in a car accident. The scientist would carefully record the reaction and later say, “it was all part of the test! Your sister is fine! Ha ha ha.”
Yes, this is illegal now.
Except that maybe it isn’t. In my book, Resonance, I referenced a ‘gas leak’ in McMinnville Tennessee from some number of years before. It was reported on NPR and the CDC determined it was just mass hysteria. The problem was that the good folks at the CDC are better educated than that, and even the janitor there should know that mass hysteria doesn’t have entirely separate simultaneous multiple start points. It just doesn’t work that way. But I never heard anyone raising a cry about this.