I don't think that being intelligent has anything to do with "deviating from the normal thinking lines and creating humor" .
I think that because Intelligence is defined by IQ-tests -solving puzzles in a restricted time period- .
The IQ-test doesn't measure any ability to deviate from the normal thinking lines and create humor.
It is is rather the opposite.
Somewhere on a ted.com video I remember the fact that 94% of kids were able to demonstrate divergent thinking when they were five. Some fraction such as 3% were able to demonstrate it at 16 because school beat it out of the kids. This would also tend to support the idea that intelligence has not much to do with the ability to find things to be funny.
Would imagine too that it depends on the kind of humor; not to demean the less intelligent, but "literal truth" humor is popular among those who are not so smart.
Here are some descriptions of types of humor that I found...and my comments on how they're expressed:
Of these different types of humor...are there any of them that take intelligence?
Perhaps as in any skill, it takes deliberate intelligence and practice to structure the delivery so the material is funny to others?
I can find the place where this was presented. I can remember the speaker enough to find him if you want this Franis.
thanks ..... its all correct except that " everything makes humor is creative thinking ....sorry .. but some of humor things are creative thinking or made creatively
the mad person can make humor , so that the criterion is the production of creativity or finally work . it is the only way to measure creativity
( im sorry i am from middle east where ignorance is blessed )
thanks a lot
I remember the continuous laugh and smile some of the bed ridden people had at Central State Hospital, Milledgeville, Georgia. How intelligent are people who are mute, bedridden, and supposedly like vegetables?
On the flip side, knowing that there are several paths to get out of the maze, and knowing that some are possible through what some people consider cheating (Star Trek cheating by Captain Kirk was acceptable for the outcome) may be possible through the mind/intellect. This is why one's maze is another's labyrinth, and there is a difference.
Humor relieves pain. Seeing humor takes imagination and intelligence.