We see a man laughing and we smile in response. Our heart goes out to the sad-looking woman on the train. Humans are empathetic creatures - we feel what others feel, even the emotions of strangers. And it may be due to brain cells that researchers have only recently discovered: mirror neurons. Find out how these mimicking cells help us survive cocktail parties, keep society humming, and even give rise to the concept of self.
Also, are humans born with a moral code? And, if human behavior is hard-wired - whatever becomes of free will?
- Marc Hauser - Evolutionary psychologist and biologist at Harvard, author of Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong Take Marc's Moral Sense Test
- Marco Iacoboni - Psychologist and neuroscientist at UCLA and the author of Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect With Others
- Allen Stairs - Philosopher at the University of Maryland
- John-Dylan Haynes - Neuroscientist, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin