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Saturday
Nov292014

RS122 - The Science and Philosophy of Humor

Release date: November 30, 2014

In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia delve into the science and philosophy of comedy, exploring questions like: Why did humans evolve to have a sense of humor? What's the relationship between comedy and existential terror? And how many bad philosophy jokes can Massimo tell before Julia loses it entirely?

Julia's pick: "Scientists Greater than Einstein: The Biggest Lifesavers of the Twentieth Century"

Massimo's pick: "Americans Don’t Live in Information Cocoons"

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Reader Comments (3)

Enjoying jokes is not the same thing as being funny. The stereotype, which is supported by pop psychology, is that women laugh more than men and are attracted to men who can make them laugh, while men are attracted to women who laugh at their jokes. So when women and men look for someone with a great sense of humor, they mean two opposite things.
Also, Americans think that having a sense of humor means the ability to laugh at everything, whereas, say, Russians think that laughing at everything is retarded and a sense of humor means laughing only at what's funny.

December 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTISM

I have noticed that almost all humour has a thread of pain or discomfort. Dressed as humour things can be said that are socially unacceptable. Have others noticed a similar aspect?

December 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid French
I like the intended / unintended reference to British humor via the picture.
January 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertintinthong

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