Re: virus: The Game called Life (what if?)

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:40:57 -0800 (PST)

On Wed, 10 Feb 1999, Craig Dolan-Betney wrote:

> Can humour be a symptom of cognitive dissonance?
> --Craig
> (this list is giving me more memes than I realised :-)

The amusement reaction seems to be a reaction to certain kinds of cognitive dissonance. Small children are amused by simple dissonance; adults grow to appreciate resolvable dissonance (jokes that make sense when you think about them another way, or make the necessary leap). Not that adults can't also appreciate simple nonsense.

who wrote a paper on humor in college once. It wasn't funny at all.