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What makes things funny?

I’m planning to write a blog post about comedy in the near future. For now, you can enjoy this interesting TED talk by Peter McGraw, one of the researchers that developed the Benign Violation Theory. You can read more about it here.

  1. 14/01/2014 at 19:32

    I’m a retired Neurologist. So I probably have a deep understanding and experience in the cognitive science field, as well as the neurophysiology of the brain over the last 40 years.

    Within the last week after a few months of exploring complex systems epistemologies, the Method of Comparison came to me. It’s been a revelation because the MofC seems to be a widely used function in our cortical higher functions. It’s extra-ordinary creative and appears to underlie much humor and puns, the latter of which give the window into the process. Using the method, once you get the Koans below


    there is little doubt you will be able to use it too. the MofC resides in the cortex, clearly, because damage to the cortex damages/abolishes that function. With LTM (memory) it seems to underlie a vast amount of our intellectual functioning from the most trivial to the moast basic. I wanted to share this with many to find out.


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