Chris Land

Creator of Clash Theory. Author of Why Funny Is Funny and How to Make a Funnier You.


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Hoo, my entry Rainforest, Rainforest
When you gonna run out of time, my Rony?
Hoo, you eat both grass and seeds, grass and seeds
Two meals on which you can dine, my Rony

Hope you never stop, keep it up, such a fertile find
Try to get away from a touch predatory kind
My, my, my, my, woo!

M-m-m-my poor Rony

Flying with a speed of four, speed of four
Flying all the way to Grassland, my Rony
Find another place to thrive, place to thrive
Assuming you can survive, my Rony

Hope you never stop, keep it up, reach stability
Validate ecosys-stemic suitability
My, my, my, my, woo!

M-m-m-my poor Rony

Generation count, passing by, fourteen hundred
May be just a matter of time, my Rony?
Is it d-d-destiny, d-destiny
Or it is just a game in my mind, my Rony?

M-m-m-my poor Rony

> As a concept, “culture” is notoriously slippery and expansive.
The definition I find useful: "Culture is a set of shared preferences among choices." Your points don't seem to be altered with this definition swap-in. But if I'm wrong, that would be more interesting.

All of them, but also none of them.

It has successfully explained (to my own satisfaction only) every humor example I've ever encountered, including extreme outliers. It's a reasonably comprehensive examination of all causes of humor response variability (but maybe there are some I missed). Clash Theory explains, predicts response, and assists construction both in editing and in generating.

However, independent experimental testing of Clash Theory has never been done. Not yet. I would like it to, but I've found my wishes are seldom granted immediately. I've met people who run humor experiments and I find their work extremely interesting. I'm not set up to run any experiments (I'm a theoretician), but in any case it's a task better done by people who are not me. I'm sure I've made errors or missed nuances or expressed ideas in ways that could be improved. Why Funny Is Funny mentions many specific technical areas for further research. Quite probably some or much of this has already been done and I haven't encountered it yet.