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While the overall evidence that I found suggested that, yes, intelligence and humor are related, there have been some conflicting reports, which makes the situation not crystal clear. The Relationship of humor to intelligence, creativity, and intentional and incidental learning (1972) reported that in 80 school children, sense of humour correlated ...


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TL;DR: The slipping on a banana skin gag could have been the sanitized equivalent of horse manure but there is absolutely no evidence that supports the QI anecdote. It's often banana skin in British English. In the 19th century, the problem of horse manure in the streets was no laughing matter. It wasn't so much humans who slipped on the horse droppings but ...


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Before I start, I want to unpick some assumptions that appear in the question, that are common in nature-versus-nurture questions. When you ask "is there any proof that humor is genetics and not something you can learn?" you are introducing two false dichotomies. The firstly is that it suggests that an attribute is either 100% genetics or 0% genetics. That ...


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I was asking myself the same question and found this experiment about how the ability to produce humor is correlated with the ability to mate. The way humor is measured here is again something with cartoons: people are asking to complete as much cartoon as possible and then all those cartoons are rated by judges. For each participant the best cartoon gives ...


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