It’s an instinctual survival tool for social animals, not an intellectual response to wit. It’s not about getting the joke. It’s about getting along.I recommend that you also have a look at an engaging article by Panksepp and Burgdorf: ‘‘Laughing’’ rats and the evolutionary antecedents of human joy? (PDF download here)
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Most laughing has little to do with humor...
A nice piece by John Tierney (PDF download here) in the NY Times points out that