Empathy isn't just some airy-fairy concept. Nonhuman animals show signs of empathy, and neuroscientists have discovered empathy circuits in the brain.
Human empathy depends on the ability to share the emotions of others—to “feel” what other people feel.
It is regarded by many people as the foundation of moral behavior.
But to some, the concept seems rather airy-fairy. What does it mean to say “I feel your pain”? Isn’t that just a fanciful flight of the imagination?
Well, not really.
For one thing, it turns out nonhuman animals—-even rodents-—show evidence of empathy.
by Gwen Dewa