I think I agree with that. I can think of humor that is neutral, and
humor that reveals an unpleasant truth about me (which makes me feel
some combination of discomfort and pleasure). However, I cannot think
of anything which is currently displeasing to me and still funny to me.
Sure, we laugh and death and other subjects that are unpleasant by
nature. But I do not laugh at those things while they are currently
"getting to me." I guess I am expressing weak Superiority Theory. I
think it is safe to say that humor requires us to "enjoy" something,
to some degree.
Also, humor is a word that had no such meaning before about 1400 AD,
so it clearly does not refer to laughter or fun or such things that
had their own words for a very long time. Humor, as we know, is a word
that evolved from the good feeling of having a "good" balance of
various fluids. I guess, by definition, it involves some degree of
Quoting KENNETH CARPENTER <[log in to unmask]>:
> Do you agree that if the experience is not pleasant then it is not humor?
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: "Jim Lyttle, Ph..D." <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 2:04:04 PM
> Subject: Re: Re; Humor and not humor
> Tickling does not count as humor.
> A "humourous situation per se" is precisely what we aim to define.
> Although the quest is difficult, we all have a sense of what you meant
> when you referred to a "humorous situation per se" and that is
> precisely what we are here to define: not fun, not laughter, not
> thrills, not joy, not dendrite firings ...
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