What makes something funny? Guest professor provides the clues

August 4 2006

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Who: Dr. Michael Cundall, Dept. of English and Philosophy, Arkansas State University

What: "Humor and Creativity" presentation/discussion

When: 3-4 p.m., Monday, August 7, 2006

Where: Root Hall, A-108, Indiana State University (Seventh Street, just north of Chestnut Street, Terre Haute)

Have you ever wondered what makes something funny? In this talk, which is free and open to the general public, Dr. Michael Cundall, guest speaker hosted by Indiana State University's Philosophy Department, will take a look at what factors are involved in making something funny. Humor, while importantly related to the sorts of comparisons being made, is intimately related to setting and environmental cues. Humor's relation to creativity, and how they interact, will be explored. In addition, there will be some discussion of autism and the social nature of laughter and humor.

A Question & Answer session and roundtable discussion on "Modules and Central Systems" will follow the presentation.

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Contact: Rocco Gennaro, interim chair, Indiana State University Department of Philosophy, (812) 237- 3103 or rgennaro@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Dr. Michael Cundall, guest speaker hosted by Indiana State University's Philosophy Department, will take a look at what factors are involved in making something funny.

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