Socratic Conversation: Laughing Matters! What Role Does Humor Play in Your Life -- and in Our Culture?
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 09/04/2012
Uploaded: 09/21/2012
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, Socratic Conversations
Tags: Humor, jokes, Laughter, satire

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Description/Abstract: Laughing Matters! What Role Does Humor Play in Your Life -- and in Our Culture?, Thursday, 9/6, 4-5pm


What makes you laugh, and why?

Who is your favorite comic performer, author, or work?


Is your sense of humor different from other peoples?


Do you find some current humor objectionable, "politically incorrect," or just not funny? (e.g. jokes about women, people with disabilities, minorities,, the elderly, or...)?

What role does humor play in our lives and culture -- according to philosophers, psychologists, and humorists?


You're also invited to bring the funniest joke you have heard during the next month, to share!

Suggested Reading (optional):

Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind, by Hurley, Dennett, and Adams; Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters, by Ted Cohen; and Stop Me If You've Heard This One: A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt.



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These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.

Where: Second Floor Salon
Next session: Thursday, 9/27, Topic: Are Americans Too Selfish?