Re: Humor and Intelligence

Damien Broderick (
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 11:27:00 +0000

At 03:40 AM 18/10/99 -0400, Bob Owen wrote:

[standard cognitive glitch analysis nicely summarised - then: ]

>Occidentals rest their sense of ego-integrity on the belief that the
>World is, beneath all appearances to the contrary, really logical --
>things DO make sense after all.

Oh. So it's only staid two-valued whitebread westerners who laugh at jokes and pratfalls? Not!

Granted, there are giggling oriental gurus whose stream of mirth seems to be an expression of good feelings, unrelated to the gasping, thigh-smacking outburst of laughter at a great joke. I once had a girl friend who was usually smiling and laughing, full of fun, but almost - I slowly realised, to my horror and amazement - without any sense of humour. (But then my jokes are often so sardonic and cerebral and linguistic that *nobody* except me finds them funny. Awwwww..)

Damien Broderick