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September 24, 2006



Arthur Koestler's book The Act of Creation (1964) struck me years ago by its attempt to formally define humor - he claimed that it was essentially a connection between two apparently unrelated or conflicting fields of experience; which is why humor doesn't last (can't do the same kind of connection repeatedly and have the same effect). It might also make any formal identification of humor in text quite difficult - one would have to have the context held in mind as it were, to know whether something was humorous....
Paul Attinello, Newcastle

Kevin Burton

What about bad humor.......?


Also..... I often blog and make a sarcastic joke here or there and *people* don't even realize its humor.

This is a turing test not a research problem...

(actually.... this might make for a good accessible captcha.......)

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