By Robert L. Latta
This treatise provides and defends a brand new concept of humour, one designed to hide all examples of all kinds and to supply the principles for a whole account of the worldwide phenomenon. Incongruity idea and the recent thought are opposite within the strict logical feel of the time period. consequently a decided attempt is made to illustrate that incogruity idea ordinarily, in all its kinds, fails. one of the themes lined are: the anti-essentialist method; the concept that of a humour procedure and that of the elemental humour procedure; the subjective personality of humour; the laughter of humour, rest and delight; humour and natural evolution; basic incongruity thought; incongruity-and-resolution conception; the delusion aspect in humour and "funny incongruity"; the idea of "local common sense" in humour; the correct locus of the secret of humour; the impressive charm of incongruity concept; mental experiments in incongruity thought; Kant's and Koestler's theories of humour; and the present country of analysis into the fundamental humour strategy
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Or perhaps both Crick and Koch's hypothesis and this suggestion are correct. According to one way of thinking, not at all uncommon, the physical world encompasses physical light, bursts of photons, for instance, but not phenomenal light. It encompasses physical quantities of many sorts, hydraulic pressure, for instance, but not pleasure. It encompasses events of many sorts, bursts of neural impulses for instance, but not the experience of humor. However complex, it lacks the magic of subjective experience.
This proviso, however, shall not be adopted here. That is, the consequence in question - that every normal person is at the initial stage most or all his waking hours - shall be accepted. 2. The mid-process transition The mid-process transition proceeds, to restrict the discussion to the simplest case for the moment, as follows: an event or factor or complex of them on the stimulus side, which can take any of a virtually unlimited number of forms, prompts the subject to make a rapid or fairly rapid cognitive shift, that is to say, mental transition, with respect to a factor or set of factors in the complex of cognitive factors which determines in part or whole the level at which unrelaxation stands, and in consequence a new context suddenly The mid-process transition 39 comes into play, one within which some part or, conceivably, the sum total of initial-stage unrelaxation lacks any, or a commensurate, object, point, ground, or function.
The former - whether this be taken to mean the phenomenal event, the burst of neural impulses as it is for the subject, or rather the burst of neural impulses simpliciter - is the very stuff of consciousness whereas the latter, of course, is not. But the point is this: the supernova is to be differentiated from events of other types, such as a dust storm, in terms of its physical characteristics, and the same goes for the conscious event. In differentiating the latter from events of other types, the question what the burst of neural impulses which constitutes it is for the subject in that it is the very stuff of his consciousness is irrelevant.
The basic humor process : a cognitive-shift theory and the case against incongruity by Robert L. Latta