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  1. I think we can only assume. When social psychologists conduct an experiment, there is always the question of whether the result is not specific only to the categories to which the participants belonged.

    Maybe, in fact, everything that's been revealed here only applies to white American students in the psychology department, eh?..

    A scientific answer is possible only if you reproduce the experiment in different countries, with different people, with different education, income level, attitude to religion (s), age, who grew up in different cultures, and at the same time live in the same culture or moved to an environment with a different culture. And analyze how all these variables (not)affect the results.

    It is clear that the conclusions of modern experiments can only be extrapolated to the past presumably.

    And presumably-I strongly doubt that in 1917 people were less conformal, or made economic decisions (intuitively perceived statistical patterns) more rationally than they do now.

  2. The result of any research and experiment directly depends on the observer – on who sets up this experiment and interprets the results. This is a common place not only in the humanities, but also in others – just look at the latest research in the field of quantum physics, for example.

    Therefore, at any given time, the result of an experiment does not depend so much on the object of research: people and societies do not change, as is rightly noted in the book of Ecclesiastes.

    The result depends mainly on the subject: who ordered the experiment, paid for it, and who conducted and interpreted the results, taking into account the scientific knowledge available at that time. And these aspects, as you understand, differ significantly in different historical periods and in different societies.

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