Philosopher Nick Bostrom wrote a paper that makes a fascinating suggestion: You could be living in a simulation. ABSTRACT. This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization
I am developing more applied professional talks that translate humor research into actionable takeaways for a business audience. Which of you these two talks would you be more interested in hearing? What’s so Funny about Business: Six Ways that Humor Benefits Your Career. Work does not have to be the
I don’t think that things go viral (aside from viruses). Scott Galloway probably agrees. Check the first minute of this video that talks about “pay-to-play” on YouTube. (His L2inc video series is excellent, btw). In sum: if you want millions of views, pay for it with advertising.
You have heard the stories about viral videos that receive millions of views. One part of those stories, however, is not true. Things don’t go viral the way that viruses that do. .…………………………..Not the way it happens Academics, business people, and the man on the street commonly believe that interesting
After my last sabbatical, I reported in a blog post what might be my post-Humor Code life might look like. I am now taking back one of the plans that I presented in the report: 3) Draw on the benign violation theory and related behavioral science research to examine how we
Being publicly degraded is distressing. However, a popular subreddit on Reddit, /r/roastme, is populated by people asking to get roasted by strangers. The results are… pretty funny. actually: The Benign Violation Theory helps explain what makes this process so funny. Humor arises when something is wrong yet okay, threatening yet safe,
Are you visiting a haunted house in the couple weeks? I’ve observed two kinds of comedy associated with haunted houses: You observe people being scared and then laugh about it. You laugh at people’s reactions to being scared. Both seem to be happening here. Check out more here. Alf Lamont,