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Outline Update Thesis One v05

  1. 1. THESIS ONE Humor & HumanityAbstraction, Delusion, and Escapism Michael Silber | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  2. 2. “This is my um perspective and has always been my perspective on life... I have a very grim pessimistic view of it of it and always have, since I was a little boy. It hasn’t gotten worse withage or anything, I do feel that it’s a grim painful, nightmarish, meaningless experience. And that the only way that you can be happy, is if you tell yourselfsome lies and deceive yourself...one must have one’s delusions to live.” –Woody Allen– Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  3. 3. This thesis presents the hypothesis that humansuse escapist abstraction as a means to forgetour mortality, and that humor serves as one suchneurological defense mechanism, distorting realityto insulate us from the fragility of existence.The rapid advance of technology has bothcreated avenues for escape, in the form oftelevision, the internet, and augmented reality;and also propelled our desire for escape.Such a hypothesis suggests that as technologyfurther integrates with our lives and our bodies,we will not become more machine-like inpersonality, but instead rely more heavily onthe relief of humor. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  4. 4. The Philosophy of Humor1. IncongruityAmbiguity, logical impossibility, irrelevance,and inappropriateness.leading approach- Kant, Kierkegaard, [Aristotle]2. SuperiorityAggressive supremacy.Thomas Hobbes, Plato, Aristotle3. ReliefRelease or save energy generated by repression.Freud, Herbert Spencer Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  5. 5. Human Cognitive Activity Areas of the Brain and Their Cognitive Function • Block, N. (1983). Mental Pictures and Cognitive Science. Philosophical Review, 92, 499–541. • Hirschfeld, L.A., and S.A. Gelman, 1994, (eds.), Mapping the mind: Domain specificity in cognition and culture, New York: Cambridge University Press. • Noonan, H., 2010, ‘The Thinking Animal Problem and Personal Pronoun Revisionism’, Analysis 70: 93–98 Contemporary Discussion of The Brain • Eagleman, David. 2011. Incognito: The Hidden Life of the Brain. New York: Pantheon Books/Random House. • Hurley, Matthew M., Dennett, Daniel C., Adams, Jr., Reginald B. 2011. Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind, Boston. MIT Press. • Malone, Michael S. 2012. The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory. Macmillan. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  6. 6. LEFT BRAINSpeech, Analysis of Detail,Calculation, Writing, Vigilance,Sequential Processing.RIGHT BRAINSpatial Orientation, Visual PatternRecognition, Performance-likeFunctions, Creative AssociativeThinking, Humorous Thoughts. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  7. 7. Cognitive ScienceThe Mind is Similar to a Computer withRepresentational Structures and OurThoughts are Governed by ComputationalProcedures. These Relate to ProblemSolving, Learning, and Language. • Anderson, J., 2010. Cognitive Psychology and its Implications, 7th edn., New York: Worth. • Boden, M. A., 2006. Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science, Oxford: Clarendon. • Lakoff, G., and M. Johnson, 1980, Metaphors We Live By, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. • Thagard, P., 2009. “Why Cognitive Science Needs Philosophy and Vice Versa, ” Topics in Cognitive Science, 1: 237-254. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  8. 8. Neuroscience • Bickle, J., 2003, Philosophy and Neuroscience: A Ruthlessly Reductive Account, Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Press. • Clark, A., 2008. Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension, New York: Oxford University Press. • Erneling and D. Johnson (eds.), The Mind as a Scientific Object: Between Brain and Culture, New York: Oxford University Press • Thompson E., 2007, Mind and Life, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. • Smith, L.B., and E. Thelen, 2003, “Development as dynamic system,” Trends in Cognitive Science, 7 (8): 343–348. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  9. 9. Augmented Reality/ Transhumanism/Posthumanism and Genetic ModificationMachines Are Becoming Part of Us. • Kurzweil, R., 2006. The Singularity is Near, New York: Penguin Press. • Bedau, M. and E. Parke (eds.), 2009, The Ethics of Protocells: Moral and So- cial Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory, Cambridge: MIT Press. A Place for Humans in the Digital Age How Do We Differentiate Ourselves From Machines? The Turing Test • Christian, Brian. 2011. The most human human: what talking with comput- ers teaches us about what it means to be alive. New York: Doubleday. Logic and Rationality. • Ariely, Dan. 2010. The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at work and at Home. New York: Harper. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  10. 10. “Nothing in man is moreserious than his sense of humor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth.” -Mark van Doren Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  11. 11. The Philosophy/ Psychology of Humor • Descartes, René. (1649/1987). Les Passions de L’ame. Paris. Excerpts in Morreall • Freud, Sigmund (1928). “Humor.” International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 9, pp. 1-6. • Kant, Immanuel. (1951). Critique of Judgment. J. H. Bernard, Trans. New York: Hafner. • Geulen, Eva, 2006, The End of Art. Readings in a Rumor after Hegel, trans. J. McFarland. Stanford: Stanford University Press. • Martin, Rod A. (2007). The Psychology Of Humour: An Integrative Approach. London, UK: Elsevier Academic Press. • Schopenhauer, Arthur (1818). The World as Will and Representation. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  12. 12. “Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.” – E.B. White “Some Remarks on Humor,” preface to A Subtreasury of American Humor (1941) Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  13. 13. HUMOR Right-Brained. Uniquely Human. Emotive. Subjective. Improvisational.Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  14. 14. HUMOR AND DESIGN Synthesis of Ideas Pattern Recognition - Associations, Comparisons, JuxtapositionsCommonality, Context, Shared Experience, Familiar vs. Unfamiliar Subjectivity - Empathy, The Human Condition Communication - Language, Social Engagement Rhythm, Timing Story-Telling - Narrative, Plot Surprise - Expectation, Tension and Relief Absurdity Wordplay and Symbolism Process of Trial and Error - Idea, Craft, Execution Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  15. 15. Project Proposal Questions Can Humor Define Our Humanity? Will We Gravitate Towards Right-Brained Thinking and Humor As Techonology Resolves Our Rational Needs. Is Humor Inherently Memorable? Goals Explore Right-Brain Activity and the Role of Humor. Implementation/ Applications Absurdity and Humor in Design Imagery. Participatory Interaction Projects that Amuse and Engage the Right-Hemisphere of the Brain. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  16. 16. “Imagination was givento man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” -Francis Bacon, Sr. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein

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