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Angelo Giardini

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V.S. Ramachandran
“The common denominator of all jokes is a path of expectation that is diverted by an unexpected twist necessitating a complete reinterpretation of all the previous facts — the punch-line…Reinterpretation alone is insufficient. The new model must be inconsequential. For example, a portly gentleman walking toward his car slips on a banana peel and falls. If he breaks his head and blood spills out, obviously you are not going to laugh. You are going to rush to the telephone and call an ambulance. But if he simply wipes off the goo from his face, looks around him, and then gets up, you start laughing. The reason is, I suggest, because now you know it’s inconsequential, no real harm has been done. I would argue that laughter is nature’s way of signaling that "it’s a false alarm." Why is this useful from an evolutionary standpoint? I suggest that the rhythmic staccato sound of laughter evolved to inform our kin who share our genes; don’t waste your precious resources on this situation; it’s a false alarm. Laughter is nature’s OK signal.”
V.S. Ramachandran, A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers

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“Indeed, the line between perceiving and hallucinating is not as crisp as we like to think. In a sense, when we look at the world, we are hallucinating all the time. One could almost regard perception as the act of choosing the one hallucination that best fits the incoming data.”
V.S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

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“The law of perceptual problem solving, or peekaboo, should now make more sense. It may have evolved to ensure that the search for visual solutions is inherently pleasurable rather than frustrating, so that you don’t give up too easily.”
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“Self-awareness is a trait that not only makes us human but also paradoxically makes us want to be more than merely human. As I said in my BBC Reith Lectures, “Science tells us we are merely beasts, but we don’t feel like that. We feel like angels trapped inside the bodies of beasts, forever craving transcendence”
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Angelo Giardini Lucas_Deschain wrote: "Pois é, estou me deliciando, ainda mais depois de uma maratona de estudos para um concurso. Reecontrar a literatura com o João do Rio depois de três semanas de puro texto científico é muito revigor..."

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Lucas_Deschain Pois é, estou me deliciando, ainda mais depois de uma maratona de estudos para um concurso. Reecontrar a literatura com o João do Rio depois de três semanas de puro texto científico é muito revigorante.

Eu gosto particularmente do entusiasmo dele com relação a tudo o que se relaciona à rua. Ele tem uma imagem toda especial do que é popular. Muito bom. E isso para você ver como o Brasil é peculiar: mesmo os nossos dândis tem um jeito singular de sê-lo. Ao invés de ajustar o monóculo e dar uma assoberbada fungada de desdém, o João do Rio leva toda a sua aristocracia para a rua. É mesmo uma figura.


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