Well, it happened again! While listening to a Point of Inquiry podcast interviewing Barbara Oakley, author of Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend, not only did the guest express similar concerns about the Stanford experiment, she went further and gored a sacred cow I'd also always taken at fact value, the Milgram Experiment, the unforgettable one where people are induced to "shock" someone to death by an authority figure.
I love having my preconceived notions challenged, and am definitely thinking more about both of these experiments these days. Just because they are being challenged doesn't mean their results are false, but these experiments both raised very important questions and their outcomes influence policy and legal decisions. If it's possible they were poorly done experiments with flawed conclusions, then it behooves us to re-examine them when reasonable questions are raised.
Listen to the whole thing!