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Polis (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0718-6568

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OLSON, Gary. From mirror neurons to moral neuropolitics. Polis [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.20, pp.313-334. ISSN 0718-6568.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-65682008000100017.

This article presents the discovery of the mirror neurons system, which shows that neuronal mechanisms reveal that humans are "wired" for empathy, with what morality would have its roots in biology. It is argued that this scientific base will tend to influence public opinion, contributing to dissolve our current beliefs that carry us to reciprocal destruction. The pending question, is indicated, is why doesn't empathy act in the social level, with answering proposals being formulated in the line of cultural influence over biological reality.

Palabras clave : mirror neurons; neuropolitics; biology; culture; moral.

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