Ted talks might as well be synonymous with garbage and your like to mirror neurons doesn’t list anything solid, it’s just speculation.
I am sorry, but that is the most ignorant statement I have ever heard. And to ease you mirror neural system which responded negatively to that ambiguous word, “ignorant”, I meant “lack of knowledge”.
Ted Talks hosts recognized experts in their field of research. They are short overviews by knowledgeable scientists in the various sciences and very useful to the layman for gaining a fundamental understanding of how things work.
In the case of the brain.
The brain contains some 100 billion neurons, divided into sections much like the partitions, folders and files in a computer which respond to specific “input data”. As in a computer the brain has a partition that is dedicated to memory, the storage of previously acquired information, in the form of electro/chemical packets.
But what is memory in a computer? They are stored packets of electronic codes which represent something that has been electronically fed to the computer by the programmer.
So what is memory in a brain? It’s fundamentally the same thing, except the programmer is our entire experiential environment from which we select specific information of interest, which is then stored in our mirror neural system as electro/chemical data packets.
And just as with a computer these memories (packets of information) can be accessed by the brain at a later date.
This is the function of schooling. The teacher is the programmer who feeds us packets of information, which are then stored in our mirror neural system (MNS). This is how we gain electro/chemical knowledge of what things are, what they look like, and how they behave.
If you have set your computer to auto-fill names and phrases, or even spelling-correction, and you begin type in a name or a word, the computer is trying to anticipate what it is and will auto-fill a bunch of possible names or if it does not recognize a word, it will suggest alternatives. Ever seen that little computer question “do you mean (this word) or (that word)?
The brain does the same thing except at a much deeper level. It can respond to observational input and asks itself; from what I know and can recall from memory, what is it that I am watching. At that point the brain begins to make best guesses as to what our eyes, ears, nose, touch are “telling” us what we are experiencing and from our experience, we are able to recognize the same thing when we see others experiencing something which we are familiar with.
If we see a crashed car, do we say; “poor car, look at all the damage”, or do we ask “poor people, was anyone hurt”? Our emotional involvement is at the personal level with the welfare of the occupants in the car, rather than with the damage done to the car, which we know cannot experience the feeling of pain.
When we see someone hit their thumb with a hammer, we wince as if we were struck by the hammer, even as we are standing 10 feet away. But our mirror neural system (MNS) recognizes the action and we know the hammer doesn’t feel anything, it’s the guy’s thumb that was hurt. However, our actual nerves in our thumb are not traumatized and will immediately inform our brain that our electro/chemical response is an empathic response and that we ourselves are not experiencing the pain physically.
Pain is a electro/chemical experience of the brain with which we are all familiar with and have stored in our memory.
It is to be expected that the guy hitting himself creates the electro/chemical response which his brain translates as pain.
The interesting thing is that when we observe this, our mirror neural system (MNS) responds electro/chemically as if it is itself experiencing the pain, but without actually feeling pain. But we still wince or even shake our hand, the same as the guy who is experiencing the real pain.
This ability to identify the implications of what we are observing in others is called “empathy”, which often result in a secondary feeling of “sympathy”. After all we were not actually hurt, but we know the other guy was and we can relate to that person’s suffering.
In spite of your negative disposition toward Ted Talks, I’ll post this link primarily for other interested persons
The neurons that shaped civilization