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We regret that you are still able to access that area. When I first heard that joke, it made me laugh uncontrollably and outrageously. I pondered it all day. I continued smiling as I recalled it and thought about it again. The joke might not have the same impact on you now. You might not even find it hilarious, in fact. You could assume that I, the person who is supposedly an expert in comedy here, am not at all humorous. And that’s because each of us has a unique sense of humor and different things that make us laugh. We’ll talk a little bit about this in this talk, but in the meantime, I hope that each of you has experienced something like the joke I told you about—something that made you laugh and made you feel good for a long time. And the reason why it occurs is what we’re going to talk about today. We’ll examine the scientific basis for why humor, and particularly humor in its organized form, which we refer to as comedy, has a positive psychological impact. And to accomplish that, we’ll tell a tale. The story begins with a philosopher who went astray more than 2000 years ago. At that time, philosophers in Athens were all trying to figure out how to create pleasure, or you’d ammonia as they termed it. Since they were philosophers, they did what was eminently sensible and told themselves that since the world is logical, happiness must also be logical. And so, instead of adopting our philosophy, they spent a lot of time figuring out the key to happiness using geometry, deduction, and other logical tools. Our philosopher entered a strange little area of land that was covered in fruit trees after leaving the gates of Athens and walking down a babbling river. He then pulled out a number of scrolls, none of which were geometry scrolls, amid the aromas of figs and lemons. They weren’t scrolls of philosophy.

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