Monday, July 23, 2012
Next Train of Thought
Humor disrupts mental processing, making it impossible, in the words of Immanuel Kant for one's mind to order "sense representations by law of experience." (I don't feel like looking up this quote, but you can, feel free).
Likewise, Michael Foucault scathes of "fortuntellers" who ascribe to the revelatory powers of humor, given that humor "has nothing at all to do with truth and falsity." (I can't quote this because he didn't say this in this context. He said it related to another subject, feel free to look that up if you insist).
(Boy, you're insistant, aren't you?)
For those of you who didn't feel compelled to copy & past that quote into an open Google browser, let's continue...
If any intoxicating substances induce experiences that are similar to religious ecstasies, suggested Bertrand Russell (by the way, I got totally depressed reading his stuff), so much for religious ecstasies: we "can make no distinction between the man who eats little and sees heaven and the man who drinks much and sees snakes. Each is in an abnormal physical condition, and therefore has abnormal perceptions."
Humor is an abnormal perception.