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Your Mind is a Funny Thing

Read Online

I'm going to put the first three chapters online, free to read. Each chapter is divided into a few sections, so I'll be releasing a section per week or so.

Start reading from the beginning.

Read from the start of chapter two.

Read from the start of chapter three.

Table of contents

About the book

I had an idea back around 2006 or so about how a sense of humour works. Who knows where ideas come from, it just kind of hit me from somewhere in the nexus of my drive to try and figure out how to make an audience laugh and my personal fascination with neuroscience. I felt I was onto something, and research led to confidence that maybe there was some merit in it, and eventually the ideas coalesced into a book. I think I've made a good case for what is a workable hypothesis about how humour works, and if you're interested in the topic, I hope you'll take a look. And let me know what you think.

Also, I don't know where else to put this link, but, a little while ago someone on Reddit asked, "ELI5: What makes our brains go "that was funny, now let's laugh"?" I posted an answer, and it generated a bunch of discussion, with people asking about my ideas on how humour works. I was pleasantly surprised, and a little relieved, that people were willing to take me seriously and consider my point of view on the matter. Anyway, it's a bunch of discussion on the topic that the book deals with, maybe check it out if you're into it.

The Lithium of Experience The Lithium of Experience The Lithium of Experience The Lithium of Experience

The Lithium of Experience

Mortality is measured in increments of lowered expectations.

I eat my loneliness I eat my loneliness I eat my loneliness I eat my loneliness

I eat my loneliness

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Tama Chan

There was a time I considered doing a comic about my experience in Japan. I decided it wasn't worth it, but I did about seven or so, and I'm going to put them online just so the effort isn't wasted. This first comic is probably the most dysfunctional, referencing issues that no longer matter and events no one remembers.

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Narita

Another comic about life in Japan. This time, an encounter at Narita airport.

But I Got Laughs But I Got Laughs But I Got Laughs But I Got Laughs

But I Got Laughs

The dividing laugh between a real comedian and just someone on stage being sometimes funny is determined by going beyond mere randomness.

The Lithium of Experience The Lithium of Experience The Lithium of Experience The Lithium of Experience

The Lithium of Experience

Mortality is measured in increments of lowered expectations.

I eat my loneliness I eat my loneliness I eat my loneliness I eat my loneliness

I eat my loneliness

What's a blog for if not to be embarrassingly revealing?

Plus Marketing Plus Marketing Plus Marketing Plus Marketing

Plus Marketing

How to get rich by selling nothing.

Tama Chan Tama Chan Tama Chan Tama Chan

Tama Chan

There was a time I considered doing a comic about my experience in Japan. I decided it wasn't worth it, but I did about seven or so, and I'm going to put them online just so the effort isn't wasted. This first comic is probably the most dysfunctional, referencing issues that no longer matter and events no one remembers.

Narita Narita Narita Narita

Narita

Another comic about life in Japan. This time, an encounter at Narita airport.

But I Got Laughs But I Got Laughs But I Got Laughs But I Got Laughs

But I Got Laughs

The dividing laugh between a real comedian and just someone on stage being sometimes funny is determined by going beyond mere randomness.

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