The Philosophy of Humor
Humor is everywhere in our lives. We seem to be hardwired to be receptive to humor, even when we don’t always agree on what is funny. Humor is an essential part of being human. Great thinkers from around the world have examined humor for thousands of years and the philosophy of humor has been recognized as a legitimate subfield, complete with professional organizations, academic studies, and an extensive body of literature. Now, it seems, people are taking the subject of humor quite seriously.
I enjoyed both the historical/philosophical (AKA academic approach) to the explanation of humor. I also enjoyed learning how humor was a barely understood concept for a couple thousand years (and probably more). I would love to hear more specifically about Steven Gimbel’s four point theory of humor. Thank you for making this presentation part of 1DayU.