Empathy No Longer Divides Humans And Chimps. What Now?

New research shows that the gulf that separates us humans from our evolutionary cousins is quite narrow. How do we reconcile with the fact that the Chimps are closer to humans than we had ever imagined?…

Mirror neurons are the neurological basis of empathy. They are very much there in our evolutionary cousins – Chimpanzees.

The mirror neurons dissolve boundaries of the small ‘I’ and expand awareness to others. It is this ability and movement to transcend the narrow self that has brought out all the evolution, and it most probably knows no species barriers (which we have erected in our arrogance).

Aravindan Neelakandan