Implicit empathy by evolution or “why you tap your feet.”

Christian Keysers from “What’s next? Dispatches on the future of science” 2009

When we move, our premotor cortex fires.

When we see others move, our premotor cortex fires.

When we see people dance, we want to tap our feet; when someone itches, we may itch; when someone hurts themselves, we may feel that too. It may be milder but there is a reaction.

Evolutionarily, this has helped species learn from one another: they did that and hurt themselves; they ate this and were happy.

This could refer to or begin to grow an implicit empathy a species may have for one another.

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