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What is humor?

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This is something that is evident in our lives and society, but few can explain it. they say it comes down to an 'x factor' often, and others have no real assertiveness to what it is. so, what is it?

Mockery is a sure way to get laughs, so is cynicism. these words or acts play a role in supposing something is weak or a foolish outcome, defeat in other words. so, is defeat funny? i mean, seeing someone else defeated is funny, as, it makes you feel better about yourself. this is because we have all been defeated before, and are glad it is not happening to us, so, it might also be a bit of thankfulness, yes?

Then there are rhymes and other things that are just plain silly. if you were to make fun of someone or something, you could liken them to a story where there are social norms being broken, or, even a rebellion against authority. these are also funny, for the same reasons as i previously pointed out, of course.
 

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Humor is subjective.
 

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Instead of saying subjective, could we say cultural? this culture is based on what is relevant in a culture to people thinking of it all the time?

Still subjective. Even within a culture, there will be many who do not see, or comprehend the humor intended.
 

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So, defeat and norms being tested are funny, yes?

This is because the human psyche will get rewarded with chemicals to relieve the person of certain worries as it is not happening to them. if the event was to have an effect on them, then other chemicals would be released. the fact is it not about them, relaxes the paranoid incline of our minds, as our consciousness comes from a heightened sense of fear due to our not as effective nervous system and senses. this means we are more aware as we are less bombarded with information like a hawk seeing further away. if the mind empty, it becomes worried, yes? this is because we fear what we do not know, often, and, when we know something bad has happened to someone else, it relieves us in a herd mentality as it is not us 'being caught by the lions.'

This sense of 'immediate survival' will mean our bodies want us to realize that nothing bad has happened to us, or, it is relaxing us so as to relieve the pain of losing a loved one or so. if it is a survival mechanism, as everything is, then we would see the herd laughing at someone else? nonsense. so, it must be a reflex to alleviate the burden of loss in the herd, that the herd has survived the 'conception of this mockery' of the herd, that the person is witnessing something stressful, as the bodies reaction is to jerk back and forth, as if expelling a germ through a sneeze.
 

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Still subjective. Even within a culture, there will be many who do not see, or comprehend the humor intended.

When there is humor, everyone will understand if they were to have the foundation of the joke, being, the appropriate knowledge of the factors of the joke.

Would you say that some jokes about marriage are always interpreted, for example?
 

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When there is humor, everyone will understand if they were to have the foundation of the joke, being, the appropriate knowledge of the factors of the joke.

Would you say that some jokes about marriage are always interpreted, for example?

Having the knowledge that humor is based upon is still no guarantee that a person will understand the joke. If a person doesn't read/view much science fiction, they might not get a Dr Who joke. But sometimes, even when they do have that knowledge, they can't make the connection. In other cases, the person just might not think is funny what you think is funny, despite having been exposed to all the same things you have. It is simply human nature.

It's kind of like common sense. Yeah, we can estimate a large number of people with similar experience will have a similar thought pattern as others in the same grouping, but much is still subjective and not guaranteed. Hence, Logan's Law #6: Common sense, isn't. Neither is friendly fire.
 

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Humor is subjective.

Humor as a noun is subjective. Humor as a verb not so much.

comply with the wishes of (someone) in order to keep them content, however unreasonable such wishes might be.
 

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"Thirty four is a funny number!"
"How so?"
"Are you kidding? It's twice as funny as seventeen!"

Buddy Sorrell, The Dick Van Dyke Show
 
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