Intelligence misplaced?

May 21, 2010

Part I

I first chanced upon the Milgram Experiment a few months ago (makes  it a little late actually) while listening to a German post-rock band ‘Long Distance Calling’. One of the songs from their album was called I Know You, Stanley Milgram. The song by itself is pretty good, so I’d encourage anyone who likes atmospheric metal to definitely check it out. Basically – Stanley Milgram, a Yale professor during the 1960s, conducted these sets of experiments called the Milgram Experiments as an attempt to establish some sort of relation between obedience and authority. Please feel free to read the wiki article, but roughly, he aimed to establish that people behaving obediently (or under Obedience) may not be acting out of their own accord. And consequently, they may fail to take responsibility for their actions if they feel they’re just following orders. The experiments were a result of a specific interest in the Holocaust, where many Nazi officials who might have genuinely intended no harm were forced to follow orders and carry out the killings. The experiment was somewhat successful.

Part II

Black Metal is considered an extreme form of heavy metal for more than one reason – The music is extremely harsh (If you think Death Metal is not giving you enough, this is what you’re looking for), the topics covered are mostly Anti-Christ in nature (Satanism, Paganism etc) and the evolution of the genre has been more controversial than most other genres. For instance, the earliest pioneers of Black Metal were involved in various church burnings. Mayhem, one of the first influential Norwegian bands, had its vocalist committing suicide and its guitarist Euronymous, considered to be a founder of Black Metal, being murdered by a fellow Black Metal musician Varg Vikernes, who was behind the other influential one man project Burzum.

Vikernes was convicted in 1994 for the murder of Euronymous, and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He has a website which contains his history as written by him, the history of Burzum, and a few other philosophical thoughts. The second section of it (Burzum Story Part II) has this paragraph, the last line of which caught my eye.

A lot people has claimed that I overreacted, because Euronymous was such a wimp anyhow, and he didn’t have the guts to even try to kill me. Sure, he was a wimp, but this time he didn’t tell everybody about his plans, like he usually did. I took this serious because he only told a very few people he trusted, his closest friends – or those he believed were his closest friends anyhow. Also, in August 1993 he was about to go to prison for four months, after being convicted for injuring two people with a broken bottle, because they had “looked at his girlfriend” at a bus-stop. He was not a very sympathetic guy, and when he felt that he had his back against the wall he was capable of executing his plans. If scared enough even the biggest cowards become dangerous

That’s just exactly what Milgram set out to prove, and I’m assuming that Vikernes, an Anti-Christ, Satan supporting extreme rightist and a murderer, would not have read him. It’s scary, when you think about it. Reminds me of the Dark Knight and how Batman and the Joker are exactly opposite in their thoughts, but also exactly the same.

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One Response to “Intelligence misplaced?”

  1. Mohan said

    Scary stuff man.

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