Laughter: A Scientific Investigation Hardcover – 1 Oct 2000
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Is it really the best medicine? Neurobiologist Robert R. Provine discovered that no scientist had ever looked into the weird, uncontrollable, and very human phenomenon of laughter, so he started off on his own. Laughter: A Scientific Investigation is his warm and--of course--funny report on how and why we giggle and snort with such regularity. Basing his views on field research conducted in a broad array of social situations (laughter being notoriously difficult to evoke in the laboratory), he posits that we use it as a universal, preverbal means of communication. Though animal research is controversial, it suggests that apes establish and maintain relationships using laugh-like behaviour, so it could be the missing link between animal communication and true language. He also explores instances in which we seem to laugh our way into and out of social situations, and includes a list of tips for keeping the laughs flowing. The irony of the scientific community not taking laughter seriously isn't lost on Provine, and he takes every opportunity to remind his fellows that even the seemingly most trivial matters can hide the most profound truths. If that isn't funny, what is? --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"[A] well-written, often amusing and always fascinating expose." Scientific American" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Although it talks of the root of laughter as being aggressive near the beginning it doesn't really elaborate and even the link between laughter in people and Apes seems lost in a sea of unnecessary filler.
I had to fight my way through page upon page of tedium and even then i barely made the end
Far too long!
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