This is an interesting test. This is the acidtest. I’m sure that’s where the phrase comes from. The subjects in the middle are goingto be given what they believe is real acid. They’ve just had a demonstration of how corrosiveit is, and they’re going to be hypnotized to throw the acid in the face of these people.The whole point of this, and the ice bath thing that comes later, is just to see whetheror not hypnosis is it at some level people just playing along, or is there somethingqualitatively I always get that wrong, quantitatively no, qualitatively see,I do always get it wrong. Qualitatively different. gt;gt; IAIN: It’s measurably different.
gt;gt; DERREN: Measurably, yeah. It’s actuallydifferent. Because you wouldn’t throw acid in someone’s face if you were playing along.But equally these are real tests, and they were set up by the scientists, but we sortof imagined in fact, they were taking bets on this as to how many people would do it.They thought two would. But equally, if you’ve seen someone else do it and nothing bad hashappened, even a split second later, you would probably do it. Basically, the point is, thisis a safe environment. So although there’s no reason why they shouldbelieve it’s anything other than real acid they’ve got, they have no idea that this switchis happening now and they’re only going to
throw water, although it’s all being donefor real, there’s something about the fact that they are in a TV studio, they’re beingtold in front of cameras to throw acid at somebody, you think somewhere in the backof their mind, they’re going to know this is safe. The point of this demonstration,really, I suppose, is to see what this probably would work, probably a few of themwould throw the acid, which is about to happen now when I pull out my spotty hanky. gt;gt; IAIN: This was bedrock for us, wasn’t it?To test whether someone would do this in the safety of a TV environment. Later on, it wasremoving that safety of the TV environment,
would someone still do it? gt;gt; DERREN: Yes, exactly. But there’s also see look, Chris, actually interesting there, was ah, it’s difficult to judge. I thinkthey did it roughly at the same time, but it goes to show the shot. I don’t know. It’sa bit difficult to tell whether they’re absolutely instantaneous or not. So they all do it, whichwe were surprised by. We thought maybe two or three of them would. Alec there was theother guy we nearly used for this. But what was really interesting, this then sets upthe ice bath thing that comes later. Because irrespective of whether you’re in a TV studioor real life or wherever, getting into a bath
that is full of ice is not something thatyou could there is no playing along. gt;gt; IAIN: Physical responses that you can’tavoid at all, because it’s pain, technically. gt;gt; DERREN: Exactly. We were, with both ofthese experiments, quite happy for them to not work, because if they didn’t work, ifpeople wouldn’t throw the acid or wouldn’t get in the ice bath, then the point was hypnosiscan’t make you do anything that you can’t normally do in life..
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