Big Picture Science – Know Laughing Matter

by Gary Niederhoff on July 20, 2011

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. It’s nearly impossible to fake a laugh. Yet, humans will laugh even if something isn’t funny. Discover the evolutionary function of cracking up and meet the other species that love to giggle (and monkey around).

Also, hilarious science comedy. Yes, science comedy. Plus, teaching machines to write punch lines… and stretching – and splitting – your sides with laughter yoga.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: The Science Comedian.
Part 2: The Evolution of Laughter.
Part 3: More from Brian Malow.
Part 4: Comedy in Science.
Part 5: Joking Computers.
Part 6: Laughter Yoga.
Part 7: Laughing Primates.

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