This is a short video in which neuroscientist Ramachandran makes a really great work at explaining the fascination of mirror neurons.
[…] there is no real independent self,aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world,inspecting other people.You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet,you’re actually quite literally connected by your neurons.And there is whole chains of neurons around this room, talking to each other.And there is no real distinctivenessof your consciousness from somebody else’s consciousness.
I’ve received a lot of questions about this today, I suggest everyone interested to watch this.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the recent article, but fun fact, the estimate on how many neurons we have is off by about 14 billion. The newest estimate is about 86 billions neurons and a similar number of glial cells.