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This looks highly interesting, and the sort of article I was looking for during the last few months. Empathy can be over- or under-measured, suggesting that empathy and the emotion one empathizes with are quantifiable things that can be over- or under-estimated by somebody. There are real answers to questions about emotion and empathy that don't reduce to "it's all an illusion" or "you can't measure emotion" - there are real world phenomena one can point to, like these mirror neurons. Better still, we've identified a mechanism that makes cooperative behaviour not only possible but akin to a secondary sense (empathy) obtained by inferring from the primary senses (seeing, hearing, etc.), getting one step closer to explaining how altruism evolved and how it works.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 03:12:22 UTC | #936589