Re: Humor and Intelligence

Sasha Chislenko (
Mon, 18 Oct 1999 02:49:08 -0500

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

It suggests that humor is a reaction to semantic exceptions.

Sasha Chislenko <>