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Where Does a Sense of Humor Come From?

Discussion in 'Science and Religion' started by SalixIncendium, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. SalixIncendium

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    Inspired by another thread, I set out to research where, from a scientific standpoint, a sense of humor comes from. While I found a few articles that demonstrate regions of the brain that are more active with humor, none that I found were published or that discussed where humor originates.

    So where does a sense of humor come from? Is it in the brain? If so, where?

    Is it in our spiritual consciousness? Is it gifted from god?
     
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    I think all anyone can do is give a best guess/hypothesis.

    Further to your OP, why are some people naturally funnier than others? Hmmm...
     
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    Unless someone can share a theory from a scientific journal, that's what I'm looking for ITT.
     
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    I am remided of the quote about God being a comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh ...

    A quote by Voltaire

    :)
     
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    Coincidentally, how is it that babies know the game of peek-a-boo, a variation of hide-and-seek, without ever having been taught?
     
  8. Mock Turtle

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    From the following, and the experiences of many who have pets, I would think that humour predates humanity by a long way:



    :D :oops: :rolleyes: :D
     
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    I have no idea at all how humor would have evolved in us, but I gots to say, the question is among the more interesting questions ever asked on RF.
     
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    Why a scientific standpoint?
    To paraphrase Jaspers, I think we have a superstitious overconfidience in science. It leads us to apply it inappropriately. A bit like trying to fix a puncture with cement.

    If I wanted to understand where a sense of humour comes from, I'd start with religion. Then literature. Not that the line between the two is clear.
     
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    Is that, religion is just so funny, or that the orangutan in the video clip is not actually recognising and/or exhibiting humour or that the experiences of many pet owners don't see their pets displaying such? :oops:

    Since we seem to share a common ancestor with the Great Apes, it would seem logical that we might have gained the same attributes around the same stage of development.
     
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