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Thesis One Presentation - Nov 5th

  1. 1. THESIS ONE Digital AbsurdityMichael Silber | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  2. 2. “Nothing in man is moreserious than his sense ofhumor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth.” -Mark van DorenMichael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  3. 3. Hypothesis This thesis presents the hypothesis that humor emerges from the incongruities of digital experience.Humor in this form celebrates juxtapositions, boundary confusion, and promotes absurd connections. Digital media generate unexpectedincongruities, enable us to record incongruous phenomena, and provide us a means to share and broadcast them. As a result, the digital experience feeds our addiction to humor. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
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  5. 5. The Persistence of Humor Through All Media Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  6. 6. Philosophers on Humor A Tickling of the Mind. - Charles Darwin A Mixture of Joy and Shock. - Rene Descartes A Sudden Glory. - Thomas HobbesA Comparison Between Noble and Ignoble States. - Aristotle Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  7. 7. Humor TheoriesIncongruity-Resolution SuperiorityRelief Play Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  8. 8. Problem Solvingand the Aha-momentMichael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
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  10. 10. Is there an evolutionary/adaptive explanation for the existence of humor? How does humor define our humanity? Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  11. 11. PerceptionWe only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice […] We never look at one thing; we are always looking at the relation betweenthings and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are. -John Berger - "Ways of Seeing" Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  12. 12. The Digital Experience and Absurdity Incongruent fragments of written, verbal, and visualinformation can become fused in nonsensical absurd ways, as our minds seek to process and organize. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
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  17. 17. If you put things together in just the right way you can create transcendent effect. -Ray Kurzweil Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein

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