Count Rugen takes Westley to the Pit of Despair and tests his torture machine on him. His goal is to collect information for his study on pain. After he runs Westley through the first setting of the machine, he asks him to share his experience.
Social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducts a series of radical experiments that test the willingness of individuals to obey authority. When the inflictor is interviewed as to why he continued to send electric shocks after each incorrect answer even when he was begged to stop, the inflictor implies that it wasn't that serious because it was the subject that made the request. This clip illustrates the conflict between personal conscience and obedience to authority.
The Stanley Milgrim experiment is a series of radical experiments that test the willingness of individuals to obey authority. Individual variables are changed in order to determine what influences the test subjects. In nearly every case, the fundamental result is the same.