[ExI] uncommon lols

Ben ben at zaiboc.net
Fri Jul 2 18:00:07 UTC 2021

On 01/07/2021 21:13, Dan TheBookMan wrote:
> Think of this: laughter is almost certainly an evolved behavior. And
> it seems fairly basic -- as humans do it at an early age and I don't
> know of a human culture without laughter. Humans share many other
> basic behaviors with other animals, especially with primates and other
> social animals. (Some of these could be shared primitive traits,
> others convergent evolution, still others simply things that
> regardless of evolution any social species would do.) So, I'd start
> from the position not of human exceptionalism here, but of what is the
> likely evolutionary path of the behavior.

Which makes, to my mind, something else which I've posted about here 
before, even more mysterious: Music. You can say the same things about 
music as about laughter, in humans. But it seems much harder to conclude 
that other animals have a musical sense than it does to conclude that 
they have some form of laughter.

Ben Zaiboc

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