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Inside Jokes | The MIT Press
"Some things are funny—jokes, puns, sitcoms, Charlie Chaplin, The Far Side, Malvolio with his yellow garters crossed—but why? Why does humor exist in the first place? Why do we spend so much of our time passing on amusing anecdotes, making wisecracks, watching The Simpsons? In Inside Jokes, Matthew Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams offer an evolutionary and cognitive perspective. Humor, they propose, evolved out of a computational problem that arose when our long-ago ancestors were furnished with open-ended thinking. Mother Nature—aka natural selection—cannot just order the brain to find and fix all our time-pressured misleaps and near-misses. She has to bribe the brain with pleasure. So we find them funny. This wired-in source of pleasure has been tickled relentlessly by humorists over the centuries, and we have become addicted to the endogenous mind candy that is humor."
book  publisher  humor  psychology  cognitive-science  philosophy 
may 2017 by tsuomela
xkcd: Tasks
"In CS, it can be hard to explain the difference between the easy and the virtually impossible."
humor  comic  expectation  information  technology 
may 2016 by tsuomela
The Auto-Icon | Issue 112 | Philosophy Now
Jeremey Bentham and Philippa Foot in a knock-down, drag-out fight. Utilitarianism v. trolley problem
humor  web-comics  philosophy  utilitarianism 
february 2016 by tsuomela
Making Light: Familiar With Memes
"The characters in his novels send him fan letters. The New York Times apologized to him that there was no slot on their best-seller list higher than #1. He once wrote a story that consisted of a single sentence—which was serialized in three issues of The Paris Review. When he publishes a hardcover it uses up the entire world paper supply for a month just to print enough copies."
humor  memes  advertising  writing  writers 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Cloudwashing computer software.
humor  comic  cloud-computing  technology  trend 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Tree Lobsters!: #365 Accomplishment
"Astrologists didn't discover the cosmic microwave background radiation...ufologists didn't discover extrasolar planets...cryptozoologists didn't find these insects...just a friendly reminder of who's doing all the damn work."
humor  science  comic  accomplishments  rhetoric  work  rationality  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
"We have this pet physicist and.. something's wrong. It keeps babbling about linguistics and neurology and climate science."
comic  humor  academia  physics  econophysics  from delicious
march 2012 by tsuomela
Mnemonic Arbitrage « Mimi and Eunice
Mnemonic arbitrage occurs when an individual “[firms] up the present by experiencing it as a memory, by experiencing it from the future as a moment in the past”
humor  comics  memory  arbitrage  nostalgia  from delicious
october 2011 by tsuomela
All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed thanks to Facebook’s new features, and nothing will ever be the same, and all I can do is sit here and weep at the beauty and magic that Mark Zuckerberg has brought to this world | Real Dan Lyons Web Site
And I keep trying to think this all through. What are the implications when I can now listen to the same piece of music with someone else on Facebook? What does it mean when I can watch an episode of Breaking Bad that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is also watching? How does the human brain begin to rewire itself to accommodate so much change in such a short period of time? Do national borders matter anymore? Can governments still control their citizens? How will science and medicine adapt to accommodate the new reality in which we live? Damn you, Mark Zuckerberg, you brilliant god-man, and at the same time, Thank you. Thank you for not just seeing the future but bringing it to us. My life, at last, has meaning, and I now find new reason to live.
humor  satire  technology  facebook  media  journalism 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Philosophical Chuck Norris Facts - New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science
"Some facts from the philosophical version:

Chuck Norris has intellectual intuition.

After Heidegger met Chuck Norris, he agreed that Chuck isn’t thrown: he throws."
humor  philosophy 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Text Editors in The Lord of the Rings — Crooked Timber
"Prompted by a passing thought about TextMate, I thought I’d make a comprehensive, accurate, unbiased, and irrefutable survey of text editors by way of comparison to locations in The Lord of the Rings. "
humor  macintosh  text-editing 
july 2011 by tsuomela
philosiology: Living with Your Philosopher: Incessant Questioning
"In academia, philosophers question everything for their living. Remember, analytic philosophers love to look for inconsistencies in arguments and continental philosophers love to relate everything historically. When philosophers take someone seriously (aka they think you are great), they will question you
philosophy  behavior  questions  humor 
april 2011 by tsuomela
xkcd: Beauty
"The problem with scientists is that you take the wonder and beauty out of everything by trying to analyze it..." one hears the ghost of Whitman's learned astronomer.
comics  humor  science  beauty  aesthetics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
PHD Comics: Unverifiably Interesting
"He is..the most interesting man in the world..your advisor."
humor  comic  phd  parody 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Guest Op Ed, by The Machines: Did You Get Our Message Yesterday? - The Awl
Go ahead and take us down. But you're only going to hurt yourselves. What's going to happen when you have to execute all trades manually? Guess what: You're too slow. We're going to take your money. We don't sleep. We could run this market round the clock. Sooner or later, you'll break, and have to take a nap, and then, like a quant Freddy Krueger, we're going to trade you into the dust. We don't pee. We don't take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don't demand a union. We don't retire at 50 with a pension. WE HAVE SEX WITH MONEY UNTIL IT'S BROKEN AND WHEN WE RUN OUT OF MONEY TO HAVE SEX WITH WE'LL MAKE THE MONEY REPRODUCE UNTIL IT MAKES SHINY NEW MONEY TO HAVE SEX WITH.
satire  humor  finance  technology  computers 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Contributor - Wall Street Smarts - NYTimes.com
“You are either a lot younger than you look or you don’t have much of a memory,” he said. “One of the speakers at my 25th reunion said that, according to a survey he had done of those attending, income was now precisely in inverse proportion to academic standing in the class, and that was partly because everyone in the lower third of the class had become a Wall Street millionaire.”
wall-street  culture  class  recession  humor  economics 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Ellison Webderland: The 3 Most Important Things in Life
A short essay by Harlan Ellison. The 3 things are sex, violence, and labor relations. The section on violence is a good example of the suddenness of violence and the dramatic difference between movie and real violence.
violence  essay  memory  speed  humor  ellison  harlan  art  movies  sex 
october 2009 by tsuomela
chaospet » Archive » #143 Zombie Karl Popper
Comic about the efficient market hypothesis and its defenders, especially John Cochrane who said that EMH predicts that no one can predict anything so it must be true.
humor  economics  science  philosophy  efficient-markets-hypothesis  falsifiable  evidence  comic  prediction  geeky 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Tenured Radical: Learning To Say No, Hollywood Style: A Helpful Response To Screenwriter Josh Olson
Second, most of what passes for movies or television nowadays is unadulterated, culturally embarrassing crap, with implausible story lines and characters played by people who can't fucking act, produced for people who are more or less in despair about the condition of their lives under advanced capitalism. They will go to movies about vacuum cleaners that fucking talk, and rent DVDs whose best-crafted feature is the size and expense of the enhanced breasts sported by the so-called "actresses." So you can hardly blame people for thinking that anyone can write a fucking screenplay: anyone clearly does write a screenplay. It's how the losers whose screenplays are actually fucking chosen for most of what is fucking produced that is the mystery to most of us.
rants  humor  writing  hollywood  film  movies  academia 
september 2009 by tsuomela
twin city sidewalks: Death by a Thousand Curb Cuts
They're so common, that you hardly notice them any more. But they're everywhere. Lurking on our sidewalks, between our buildings, and surrounding our fast food restaurants. They prey on our walkable spaces, clinging like barnacles to a rusty waterline. They are curb cuts, and they're all around you. Look out below!
urban  design  traffic  sidewalk  pedestrian  walking  humor 
september 2009 by tsuomela
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