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.

Vilayanur Ramachandran

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“The Neurons That Shaped Civilization.” TEDIndia 2009. Nov. 2009. Conference Presentation.

Source: "The Neurons That Shaped Civilization." TEDIndia 2009. Nov. 2009. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran is from Ramachandran's 2009 TED Talk about "mirror neurons," which allow us to learn complex social behaviors. The quote means that all humans are connected, not just in obvious ways like Facebook, but by our brains. Thus, we are more connected than we think, and on a biological level. In his TED Talk, Ramachandran describes how certain neurons in our brains fire when we watch other humans performing behaviors, evoking empathetic reactions in the observer and allowing people to learn from each other. Watch the full TED Talk here: Vilayanur Ramachandran - The Neurons That Shaped Civilization