Written on July 2, 2008
Picking up the “mind alphabet” series again… I’d gotten stuck on “H” months ago but having seen “humor” cropping up as a theme in some recent items, it seems like a good excuse to resume.
“Humor shown to be fundamental to our success as a species” from Science Daily (June 16, 2008) discusses the new book Pattern Recognition Theory of Humour by Alastair Clarke (available in the UK, but not even a preorder at Amazon.com). (see also “Finding Patterns” at The Thinking Meat Project)
“Isn’t It Funny?,” New York Review of Books (July 17, 2008) reviews Stop Me If You’ve Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt and Looking at Laughter: Humor, Power, and Transgression in Roman Visual Culture, 100 B.C.- A.D. 250 by John R. Clarke.
More books on humor (hoping the widget works):