Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
I love the use of the whiteboard to illustrate his message–and what a great message it is. I was especially fascinated by the mention of mirror neurons.
Psychologists have done numerous studies with newborn infants to shed light on the notion of mirror neurons. One way that they discovered the existence of mirror neurons was when psychologists stuck out their tongues at babies, the babies would instinctively stick out their tongues in response–because that is one of the easiest motor movements that a baby can make right from birth.
Mirror neurons form the basis of our ability to learn and are very important in the development of the infant. Before we learned through rationalization, critical thinking and rote memorization, we learned by mimicking other people around us.