Inside Jokes

Inside Jokes

by Matthew M. HurleyDaniel C. Dennett and Reginald B. Adams, Jr.

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 04/03/2011

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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.

ISBN:
9780262294812
9780262294812
Category:
Social & political philosophy
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
04-03-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
MIT Press
Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett is the University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.

He is the author of numerous books including Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Breaking the Spell, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

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