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Only Joking - How Humour Makes Us Human

Synopsis
Audio recording of a discussion about the uniquely human capacity called humour, held at the RSA, London, on 4/7/2007. What evolutionary function does it serve? Is it a source of unity or division, sharing or derision? What is a sense of humour and is it really possible to lack one? With Sir Jonathan Miller, author and director, and Natalie Haynes, stand-up and comic writer and Martin Rowson, political cartoonist. Chaired by Laurie Taylor. (90 minutes)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
2007
Subjects
Psychology
Keywords
cognitive psychology; human evolution; social psychology; humour

Online availability

URI
http://www.rsa.org.uk/audio/lecture040707b.mp3
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Contributor
Jonathan Miller; Laurie Taylor; Martin Rowson; Natalie Haynes

Production Company

Name

RSA

Email
general@rsa.org.uk
Web
http://www.thersa.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7930 5115
Fax
020 7839 5805
Address
8 John Adam Street
London
WC2N 6EZ
Notes
Full name: Royal Society for the Encouragements of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce

Sponsor

Name

New Humanist Magazine

Distributor

Name

RSA Vision

Email
general@rsa.org.uk
Web
http://www.thersa.org/events/vision External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7930 5115
Address
8 John Adam Street
London
WC2N 6EZ
Notes
The RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce) hosts an ambitious programme of events that provide a platform for some of the world’s leading thinkers and encourage intelligent public debate of some of today’s most pressing social challenges. These events are available as live webcasts, streamed video or audio recordings, and podcasts. There is also a series of podcast interviews with Royal designers.

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