The encryption theory of humor: A knowledge-based mechanism of honest signaling

  title={The encryption theory of humor: A knowledge-based mechanism of honest signaling},
  author={Thomas J. Flamson and H. Clark Barrett},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Psychology},
Abstract We propose that intentionally produced humor is a form of communication that evolved to broadcast information about the self and to obtain information about others by honestly signaling the fact of shared common knowledge. According to this model, humorous utterances and acts are encrypted in the sense that what makes the joke funny is not merely its surface content, but a relationship between the surface content and one or more unstated implicatures which are known by both the sender… 

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