>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 dont think that this is where it comes from.. "Temperament" is the
term that evolved from this. (temperare = mix, blend)
Or if you are sure to know that this statement is correct: Can you
give me a reference to it?
> I guess, by definition, it involves some degree of pleasure.
>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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