Navigation Links
Mechanism and function of humor identified by new evolutionary theory
Date:6/27/2008

m significantly less robotic as a result."

Alastair Clarke offers two brief illustrations of the theory in instances of humour: "The application of the theory is unique in every instance and for every individual but the following two examples illustrate its basic structure. A common form of humour is the juxtaposition of two pictures, normally of people, in whom we recognize a similarity. What we are witnessing here is spatial repetition, a simple two-term pattern featuring the outline or the features of the first repeated in those of the second. If the pattern is sufficiently convincing (as in the degree to which we perceive repetition), and we are surprised by recognizing it, we will find the stimulus amusing.

"As a second example, related to the first but in a different medium, stand-up comedy regularly features what we might call the It's so true form of humour. As with the first example, the brain recognizes a two-term pattern of repetition between the comedian's depiction and its retained mental image, and if the recognition is surprising, it will be found amusing. The individual may be surprised to hear such things being talked about in public, perhaps because they are taboo, or because the individual has never heard them being articulated before. The only difference between the two examples is that in the first the pattern is recognized between one photograph and the next, and in the second it occurs between the comedian's depiction and the mental image retained by the individual of the matter being portrayed.

"Both of these examples use simple patterns of exact repetition, even if the fidelity of that repetition is poor (for example if the photographs are only vaguely similar). But pattern types can be surprisingly varied, including reflection, reversal, minification and magnification and so on. Sarcasm, for example, functions around a basic pattern of reversal, otherwise known as repetition in opposites. Patterns can also conta
'/>"/>

Contact: Nicola Hern
nicola@pyrrhichouse.co.uk
44-079-800-98652
Pyrrhic House
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. LIAI researchers discover new cellular mechanism that will significantly advance vaccine development
2. Mechanism explains link between apolipoprotein E and Alzheimers disease
3. Jefferson receives $11.6M NIH grant to study novel mechanisms of heart failure
4. Fruit fly avoidance mechanism could lead to new ways to control pain in humans
5. Researchers uncover mechanism of action of antibiotic able to reduce neuronal cell death in brain
6. Scientists clarify a mechanism of epigenetic inheritance
7. CSHL scientists identify a mechanism that helps fruit flies lock-in memories
8. A common genetic mechanism discovered in nitrogen-fixing plants
9. Mechanisms of plant-fungi symbiosis characterized by DOE Joint Genome Institute
10. Scientists uncover a novel mechanism that regulates carbon dioxide fixation in plants
11. The Uukuniemi virus helps to explain the infection mechanism of bunyaviruses
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/1/2015)... 1, 2015  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ) ... on the growing mobile commerce market, announces the second ... is underway to early access pre-order customers. ... at retail outlets including Walmart, Target, AT&T, Dunkin, Donuts, ... was accepted at all outlets and very easy to ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... 31, 2015  Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE MKT: ... of Software Defined Network Architecture (ET Software DNA® 2.0) ... of approximately $20.4 million for the year ended December ... for the year ended December 31, 2013. ... had completed its multi-year transition away from its legacy ...
(Date:3/30/2015)... and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/lc9bnl/global_gesture ) has announced ... in Automotive Sector 2014-2018" report to their offering. ... market in Automotive Sector to grow at a CAGR ... recognition is the ability of a device to identify ... recognition technology can be 2D-based or 3D-based. It uses ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 2NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 3NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 4Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 2Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 3Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 4Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 5Elephant Talk Reports 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results 6Global Gesture Recognition Market in Automotive Sector Report 2015 - Growing Number of Partnerships 2
... Institute and MIT have engineered yeast that can improve ... component to making biofuels a significant part of the ... additive to improve gasoline combustibility, ethanol is often touted ... crisis. But there are significant obstacles to producing ethanol. ...
... manipulate the brain's perception of jaw movement while words ... importance of non-auditory sensory cues in the brain's control ... and David Ostry of McGill University and appear in ... published by Cell Press. , When we speak, ...
... Institute have identified a novel biomarker for brain tumors ... play when the tumor spreads or comes back after ... cerebrospinal fluid of patients with malignant astrocytoma and mediates ... of Clinical Cancer Research. , The biomarker, ...
Cached Biology News:Engineered yeast speeds ethanol production 2Sensory feedback during speech: The brain attunes to more than just sound 2Newly identified biomarker detects and regulates spread of brain tumors 2
(Date:5/1/2015)... RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. , May 1, 2015 ... that Roger Jeffs , Ph.D., President and Co-Chief Executive ... on the company,s business at the Deutsche Bank 40 th ... . The presentation will take place on ... can be accessed via a live webcast on the United ...
(Date:4/30/2015)...  Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKA ), a ... for the detection of foodborne pathogens, announced plans to ... 2015 on May 7, 2015 after the close of ... host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time ... financial results. During the conference call, material information concerning ...
(Date:4/30/2015)... 2015 Cytokinetics, Incorporated (Nasdaq: CYTK) reported total ... were $4.4 million, compared to $8.0 million during the same ... quarter was $8.9 million, or $0.23 per basic and diluted ... same period in 2014, of $8.7 million, or $0.27 per ... cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $117.5 million. , ...
(Date:4/30/2015)... April 30, 2015 Nitto Avecia, ... announces its increased capacity and production capability to ... client variety and service fulfillment continues to drive ... improve process throughput capacities. , In ... installed downstream process equipment at its Milford, MA ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Roka Bioscience to Report First Quarter 2015 Financial Results On May 7, 2015 2Cytokinetics, Incorporated Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results 2Cytokinetics, Incorporated Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results 3Cytokinetics, Incorporated Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results 4Cytokinetics, Incorporated Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results 5Cytokinetics, Incorporated Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results 6Cytokinetics, Incorporated Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results 7Cytokinetics, Incorporated Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results 8Biotechnology Manufacturer Nitto Avecia Expands Capacity to Meet Client Demand 2
... Intercell AG (VSE: ICLL) today announced that it ... U.S. Food and Drug Administration,s (FDA) approval of IXIARO(R), ... (JE). The initial target for use of Intercell,s vaccine ... U.S. market - will be adult travelers and military ...
... DOR BioPharma, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DORB) (DOR or ... financial results for 2008. DOR,s revenues for 2008 were ... The increase was due primarily to progress with ... of certain research and development milestones with our subcontractors. ...
... Va., March 31 - Innocoll, Inc. announced that its ... application for its CollaRx(TM) Lidocaine Sponge for the management ... year 13 million patients worldwide suffer from chronic wounds ... 35 percent of all chronic wounds do not ...
Cached Biology Technology:Intercell to Host Conference Call and Webcast Today on FDA Approval of IXIARO(R) Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine 2Intercell to Host Conference Call and Webcast Today on FDA Approval of IXIARO(R) Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine 3DOR BioPharma Reports Year-End 2008 Financial Results and Reviews Recent Accomplishments 2DOR BioPharma Reports Year-End 2008 Financial Results and Reviews Recent Accomplishments 3DOR BioPharma Reports Year-End 2008 Financial Results and Reviews Recent Accomplishments 4DOR BioPharma Reports Year-End 2008 Financial Results and Reviews Recent Accomplishments 5Innocoll, Inc. Files 510 (k) Application for CollaRx Lidocaine Sponge 2
... The new MALDI O-TOF creates a ... on an orthogonal platform that has been ... the University of Manitoba. , As the ... orthogonal design and collisional cooling, the prOTOF ...
Rat Aortic Endothelial Cells (RAOEC) (>500,000 cells)...
... miVac Duo is suitable for use with ... organic solvents through to water and some ... centrifugal concentrator capable of removing water and ... formats including tubes, microplates, vials and round ...
37-1A9...
Biology Products: