Really interesting article! I wonder how many people there are with this ability? Not to sound sci-fi, but, it seems that perhaps human evolution could take two very different paths, that of people who have autism or share many of the same characteristics, with a limited ability to empathize and without strong connections to other people and those with an enhanced ability to emphasized and who have an interconnectedness with all humans they encounter. I believe that normatively we should prefer the second option. I think that we obtain much of our meaning in life from our connections and relationships with other people and this enhanced ability could only further that. It would also appear to deter violent crimes and perhaps even wars, which would prevent suffering. The woman in the article discussed her inability to watch gory films because she feels the victim’s pain, certainly then an individual would not be able to inflict the same pain he or she is feeling. At the very least, he would have an appreciation for the magnitude of the effect of his action. Some additional questions would be, if we are scientifically able to alter people who naturally aren’t able to “feel” others’ pain to be able to do so, would it desirable and ethical to offer this enhancement? I also wonder if these people feel the sensations not just from touch, but from internal sources, such as an illness, also if is just other humans or all sentiments as well.