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Posted 06 February 2017 - 01:39 PM

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 04:28 PM

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:09 AM

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 04:11 PM

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:08 AM

Do animals laugh?
 
Scientists believe human laughter evolved from the distinctive panting emitted by our great-ape relatives during rough and tumble play; that panting functions as a signal that the play is all in good fun and nobody’s about to tear anybody else’s throat out. In a clever bit of scientific detective work, psychologist Marina Davila-Ross of the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom analyzed digital recordings of tickle-induced panting from chimps, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans, as well as human laughter, and found the vocal similarities between the species matched their evolutionary relationships. Chimps and bonobos, our closest relatives, boast the most laughter-like kind of panting, while the noises of gorillas, further down our family tree, sound less like laughing. And orangutans, our truly distant cousins, pant in a most primitive way.
 
 
 “I would define humour, as we know it, as seeing improbable connections in the upper mind,” says psychologist Jaak Panksepp. “That’s what a joke is all about. You’re not expecting it, and then all of a sudden … bang! It comes from the ability to put very strange, often illogical things together, triggering positive emotions.”
 
While the sophistication of human humour requires the medium of language, Panksepp says he would not be surprised if positive emotions could be trigged in some animals by viewing slapstick events which they find startling or surprising. 
 
“We now know that animals can communicate positively with one another in very complex ways,” Davila-Ross says. “The ability of rats to express themselves in this way is extremely important. But while it’s certainly joy, I’m not sure we know enough to call this laughter. There’s a danger of projecting human emotions onto these characteristics.”
 
Charles Darwin once wrote that there is “no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties,” and while psychologists are still very much in debate over this, Panksepp believes that the ability to feel both joy and sadness is one of the fundamental tools for life which probably exists throughout the animal kingdom. 
 

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 06:37 AM

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:40 PM

Humor heals all ailments...

 

I reminded of old Scrooge:

 

Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him. 

 

 

It's the second to the last paragraph at the end of Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol'. I think Dickens knew a thing or two about how humor can be a philosophy worth living.
 
I like the way how Dickens distinguishes two different forms of laughter in this paragraph. And notice how well he uses the repetitions of the word 'good' at the beginning of the paragraph. 
 
There are many forms of laughter...

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 03:06 PM

...humor can also be used as a poison! 


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