Inside Jokes
  • Release Date : 01 February 2013
  • Publisher : Mit Press
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Pages : 359 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 9780262518697
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Download or read book entitled Inside Jokes by author: Matthew M. Hurley which was release on 01 February 2013 and published by Mit Press with total page 359 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. An evolutionary and cognitive account of the addictive mind candy that is humor. Some things are funny--jokes, puns, sitcoms, Charlie Chaplin, The Far Side, Malvolio with his yellow garters crossed--but why? Why does humor exist in the first place? Why do we spend so much of our time passing on amusing anecdotes, making wisecracks, watching The Simpsons? In Inside Jokes, Matthew Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams offer an evolutionary and cognitive perspective. Humor, they propose, evolved out of a computational problem that arose when our long-ago ancestors were furnished with open-ended thinking. Mother Nature--aka natural selection--cannot just order the brain to find and fix all our time-pressured misleaps and near-misses. She has to bribe the brain with pleasure. So we find them funny. This wired-in source of pleasure has been tickled relentlessly by humorists over the centuries, and we have become addicted to the endogenous mind candy that is humor.

Inside Jokes

Inside Jokes

Author : Matthew M. Hurley,Daniel C. Dennett,Reginald B. Adams, Jr.
Publisher : MIT Press
Genre : Philosophy
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