tags: neurobiology, The Neurons that Shaped Civilization, mirror neurons, Ghandi neurons, social behavior, Lamarkian evolution, Darwinian evolution, VS Ramachandran, TEDTalks, streaming video
Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
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My goodness, I think he is my new hero.
Ramachandran is an awe inspiring speaker. I was sitting having lunch today and nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw two vehicles have a near miss collision. - mirror neurons got a great workout. Thanks for the video.