humor

Is there a scientific formula for funny?

Recorded live at the Los Angeles PodFest, this episode of SYSK delves into the longstanding attempt to break down what humans find funny into a scientifically reproducible formula. Join Josh and Chuck as they examine just why this extremely unfunny quest will (thankfully) never be realized.

Alistair Clarke, an evolutionary theorist has a new book coming out wherein he's managed to reduce the amount of pleasure we derive from humor into a pretty simple equation. According to the release on Science Daily, humor (h) is equal to the amount of misinformation present in a joke or bit (m), times the "extent to which the individual [the joke receiver] is susceptible to taking it seriously (s)."

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