Enjoy this short video:
Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
Jun 24 2010: Any species of comparable level in evolution may attain mirror neurons or something equivalent one day. May even be that this is already happening without our notice. It will hardly happen within a few days. As we heard it took hundreds of thousands of years for us.
May be that some species will develop culture and civilization one day – that is if mankind will not interfere.
By the way – my tom cat sometimes pees standing on two legs. Who knows how he learned it? :)