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Salon: HUMOR

I believe it was Nietzsche who referred to himself as the "laughing philosopher," and I don't think he meant that he was taking a break from thinking!  And neither will we.

One reason I've looked forward to this theme for so long is that it will easy for people to bring something to "put in the pot":

• A joke or comical experience.  Choose carefully one that challenges a simple understanding of humor.

• A theory of what's funny, or why people laugh.  Ideally it would be broadly applicable, yet insightful about specifics.

• A topic question relating to humor.  It should tempt us to try to answer it, even if we know it is unlikely we will.

• A prop that anchors a point you want to make about humor, or maybe just a laughable object.  I don't have a prop list for you this month, but a forthcoming email addressing the thinking behind prop selection may help.  Or not.

In addition to figuring out why some things are funny and others aren't, I hope our discussion will touch upon the role of the comic in philosophizing itself.  What does it mean when a philosophical idea makes us laugh?  What value do we place on laughing, or not laughing?

I think our meeting will at least be worth a few chuckles.  See you Tuesday.


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  • Chuck F.


    August 27, 2013

  • Jay C.

    sorry I deleted the email from last week showing a baseball player named Hu standing on...

    Wait for it ...

    August 27, 2013

  • Brent

    If you can, go to this YouTube video and watch Abbott and Costello do, "Who's on first?" Its a classic that shows the back and forth the mind gets caught in that can make things really, really funny.

    August 27, 2013

  • Jeff G

    If everyone shows up, I won't be able to hold enough seats by myself. Show up early if you can, and update your RSVP if plans change.

    August 27, 2013

  • Jay C.

    Money quote: Social being and material fact have different criteria for truth and falsehood, and this is what is revealed by the comic

    August 26, 2013

  • latifa

    Laughing is always a good sign!it has a meaning,it means that we understood what we were listening to,and we will have something to say about it,a comment if we are asked to do so.

    August 26, 2013

  • Jeff G

    Funny (!) that the time&date were missing. There have been changes to the interface and I did have problems. It's the usual time.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Date? What time. We're looking forward to it.

    August 21, 2013

  • Julie

    hey jeff, is the date this coming tuesday aug 27th? 7:15pm? i'm not seeing a specific date and time in the announcement.

    August 21, 2013

  • Pamela B.

    hope it will be scheduled at a time I can participate ; -)

    August 20, 2013

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