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Medical How do we define funny?

  1. Jan 11, 2007 #1
    What's funny to one person isn't funny to another. Some say it is gross, while other give it a good laugh. I started to notice a pattern that comedyness has some blend of stupidiness into it but I was proven wrong later on. There are moments we laugh, what makes laugh?(humorly)

    Is it a case of opinion of do scientist have answers to this?

    Thanks for the replies!
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  3. Jan 12, 2007 #2
    I've seemed to notice it's when someone is being ignorant. I can't go into all the technical biological details as some here on the chemicals involved but I have noticed it's when someone is being ignorant. Name any instance where a laugh can't be contributed to it.

    Now as to why, I guess it comes down to man just being more light-hearted to someone who displays it. Since the person isn't perceived as a threat, it makes us feel better about them and more trustworthy since we can see an inherent weakness. And also our parenting side comes into play giving us perhaps a need to take care of the person or befriend them. But don't get me wrong on the ignorance, it's not meant in a derogatory way. A kitten is ignorant of the world when first born just as we all are yet it makes us laugh or smile. Someone does a clumsy action portraying, in a sense, they are ignorant or unobservant of things around them. And if they're not hurt, we may laugh and feel a caring for them since we see a weak side of them.

    Yeah, I'm no neurologist, but no one else responded so I thought I would give you my 2 cents.
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