At 09:31 PM 99/10/13 , Zeb Haradon wrote:
>Actually, I think that intelligence of a certain type is a factor in choice of a mate, in kind of a roundabout way: through sense of humor. Having a sense of humor and being to entertain does attract sexual partners. And having a sense of humor, I think, depends on being able to make very clever connections between unrelated things. This hypothesis needs to be tested. I think there is a correlation between intelligence and sense of humor, but I don't know how strong it is.
I have a little piece on humor and intelligence at http://www.lucifer.com/~sasha/articles/humor.html
It suggests that humor is a reaction to semantic exceptions.