Monday, February 06, 2006

The Edge: Mirror Neurons

Last April, I linked to a story on mirror neurons and recently I noted the New York Times article on the subject. While we're all treated to a steady stream of scientific discoveries, I believe the scientific and philosophical implications of this are potentially quite profound. Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran writes at The Edge:

"The discovery of mirror neurons in the frontal lobes of monkeys, and their potential relevance to human brain evolution — which I speculate on in this essay — is the single most important "unreported" (or at least, unpublicized) story of the decade. I predict that mirror neurons will do for psychology what DNA did for biology: they will provide a unifying framework and help explain a host of mental abilities that have hitherto remained mysterious and inaccessible to experiments. "



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