Thought For The OPEN Mind - Humor From American Culture!
First Published In The Last Century - July 26, 1997!
Over 9 Million Hits!
An Amusement Park Of Ideas! #ProfHowdy
Just What Is 'Thought & Humor' Anyway??? Watch Video: Click Here Read what you have time for below& save the residuum for a stormy/blustery/dilatory interval whilethe charming/exquisite/vernal/aestival season is bursting out allover. Our goal is to promote a non-threatening and productive office & university environment and toestablish language that is gender-neutral, ethnic-neutral, and age-neutral while celebrating our spirit of diversity. ==============='Thought & Humor' is now completely GREEN and environmentally friendly. We use no paperwhich is ripped from beautiful live green treesin pristine forest as both the N.Y. Times andTime Magazine have done for years. =============== All of us, at one time or another, have experiencedthe strange physiological reaction of zygomaticstimulation and subsequent larynx strain. This strain upsets the respiratory system, whichresults in deep, noisy gasps. The mouth opensand closes as the lungs struggle for oxygen.The struggle for oxygen causes the face to turnvarious shades of red and strange, unique noisesemerge from deep within. What is this strange,physiological reaction I am describing? It is laughter! We normally associate laughter with humor. But,gelotology, the study of laughter, suggests anothertrigger for laughter called the incongruity theory. This theory suggests that laughter arises when logicand familiarity are replaced by things that don't normallygo together--when we expect one outcome and anotherhappens. Generally speaking, our minds and bodiesanticipate what's going to happen and how it's goingto end based on logical thought, emotion, and our pastexperience. But, when circumstances go in unexpecteddirections, our thoughts and emotions suddenly haveto switch gears and laughter emerges out of the tensionbetween what we expect--and what actually happens. - - Margaret Manning
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