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
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)

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