I am interested in the ways that people cope with pain. I recently saw my friend, Heather Irmiger (@irmigrrr), who is a world-class professional mountain biker. I asked her: How do you cope with physical pain? She differentiates two types of pain and talks about the strategy she uses depending on the pain. For sharp […]
Month: April 2012
Talking to Humor Therapists
I am headed to Chicago today. The city is hosting The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor’s annual conference. Seriously. On Friday, I am presenting a session. Check it out: What Makes Things Funny?: Connecting Humor’s Antecedents to its Consequences. For millenia, philosophers, scientists, and entertainers have puzzled over the question of what makes things […]
Going Back to Bridgetown: The Humor Code Grills Andy Wood
As part of my global expedition that explores what makes things funny, Joel Warner and I are grilling humorists about the science behind scoring laughs. For a long, long time, Portland’s comedy scene was anemic. No “A-room” comedy clubs, no big comedy bookers, no national buzz. That changed in 2008, however, with the launch of […]
Can a marshmallow tell you how successful you will be?
Video blog: Can a marshmallow tell you how successful you will be? What do you think? Here is an amusing look at what the experiment was like: