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Any animals that experience humor?

Kleptin
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1/16/2010 2:16:22 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Apes who have been taught sign language occasionally make human-style jokes.
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mattrodstrom
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1/16/2010 2:23:55 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/16/2010 1:59:34 PM, Volkov wrote:
http://www.eurekalert.org...

I don't know if any other animals have humour, but I wouldn't bet against it.

To experience humor a you usually have to be able to think about other's mental states are; to think about what someone else is thinking.

This is a pretty high level of social consciousness requiring not only reading the signs of others but positing that those signs represent ideas that they have.

I doubt any other animals have any sense of it, though maybe apes and dolphins a little bit. I doubt dogs do though they're always interested in what others do, and read the signs good, I doubt they think about what you're thinking.
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1/16/2010 2:26:46 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
There was a story about how an octopus was normally fed fresh shrimp, and one day, a batch of sub-par shrimp was given to it. It picked the shrimp up, and stuck it into the drain, all while keeping close eye contact with its caretaker.
: At 5/2/2010 2:43:54 PM, innomen wrote:
It isn't about finding a theory, philosophy or doctrine and thinking it's the answer, but a practical application of one's experiences that is the answer.

: At 10/28/2010 2:40:07 PM, jharry wrote: I have already been given the greatest Gift that anyone could ever hope for [Life], I would consider myself selfish if I expected anything more.
FREEDO
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1/16/2010 3:03:11 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/16/2010 1:59:34 PM, Volkov wrote:
http://www.eurekalert.org...

I don't know if any other animals have humour, but I wouldn't bet against it.

Thank you for think link.
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1/23/2010 11:02:13 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
My wife's dog fell off of the recliner last week and I am sure my kittehs laughed at him. I was laughing at the mean little thing too, but they seemed amused. <ouch> My wife just politely informed me that the dog is mine also and I should not tell everyone embarrassing stories about him.
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1/26/2010 6:48:14 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Everybody knows dogs have a sense of humour, as this nursery rhyme demonstrates:

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon!
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1/27/2010 3:27:06 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/16/2010 1:58:08 PM, FREEDO wrote:
And what is the evolutionary cause for humor?

No, Evolution theory IS the joke and it's on you..
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PervRat
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2/8/2010 1:21:50 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I had a German Shepherd who invented games to play with me ... I liked to kneel down, give her scritches and play with her ... a couple times, she grabbed the glasses off my face and ran to the far side of the yard, looked back and intentionally made me chase her.

I don't know if you consider that humor or not, but dogs definitely seek to entertain themselves and us.
Aesius
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2/18/2010 10:27:31 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Humor is probably only going to be found among social animals, as a social construct. I don't have any definitive examples on hand, but I would not find it shocking to find it present in the "higher" apes.