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Intelligent Disobedience by Philip Zimbardo, Ira Chaleff

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INTRODUCTION

Creating Cultures that Do the Right Thing

INTELLIGENT DISOBEDIENCE IS ABOUT finding the healthy balance for living in a system with rules and authorities while maintaining our own responsibility for the actions we take.

In recent years, a school of thought emerged regarding different types of intelligence. Knowing when and how to obey or disobey authority can be considered a form of intelligence that incorporates both interpersonal skills and moral grounding.

Obedience is often a reflex, not a rational decision. There is a primal instinct to obey authority, reinforced by a steep price for violating social norms. Reflexive rather than thinking obedience sooner or later leads to poor or damaging outcomes.

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