There once was a joker called Ted
Who studied the insides of heads
He blew the gaff
By having a laugh
And now old philosophy’s dead
Good question Peter. I’m no expert but I do recall Dr De Bono remarking:
‘It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor, since it is a more significant process of mind than reason. Reason can only sort out perceptions, but the humor process is involved in changing them.’
I found that startling, profound and in its own way, hilarious !
PS Your post about the Wisdom Of Crowds was very thought-provoking – so much so that I’m still thinking about it !
Thank you, I hope you will read my posts at my blog Ego Out. My main
preoccupation is new sources of energy and problem solving- my Rules
are now translated in 16 languages,
Re humour, I have a rather indecent short S theory of it,
Humour is Surprise combined with Sex, Sadism, Shit and Stupidity.
Can you please tell jokes that are exceptions to the S rule?
The apple-orange "joke" is irrational, impossible, stupid de facto
in the best sense of this word. For common sense it is an idiocy
to think an apple and an orange can discuss!
For the second, the clue is sadism, it is dreadful to eat sand!
Both jokes are on the boarder between humour and word-play,
I have read a lot about humour starting with Henri
Bergson\s "The Laugh" when I was a teenager.
The subject is as slippery as an hyperactive eel.
Let's retire for a while and make an Web study of the
latest discoveries., OK?
For more please go to Women's Wednesday.
I have read the paper. Because it is published and because it is
by Hitchens (how do you say/write R.I.P. in atheistese?) it does
not mean that it is entirely, completely, definitively true -everything
it says. There are fragments of truth mixed chunks of untruth.
It is contradicted by at least two categories of jokes - re blondes
based on stupidity plus sex and on feminine senility: Senility an other
S-word, a sub-division of sadism. (an aside- perhaps the best humor
Laurel and Hardy- at us Stan and Bran- is definitely sadistic and so
is Chaplin too)
To be receptive to humour, to understand the jokes is a quality, a
form of intelligence my wife is perhaps a bit better than me.
By the way, I am a feminist, my former newsletter INFO KAPPA has
collaborated with many Romanian feminists. Females and males are
different in thinking for example, but is an error to speak about superiority
and inferiority. Think about multi-tasking as an example.