Humans receive a greater proportion of behavioural instruction through cultural means
than any other species, and the reliability of information is therefore of crucial
importance to the survival of the individual. Clarke’s theory suggests that humour
exists to limit the risks involved with faulty data, encouraging circumspection about
misinformation to which the individual might otherwise have been susceptible. Here
the author considers the basics of the mechanism behind the system and provides an
overview of the theory’s evolutionary implications.
Mediate Perception Theory: A Suggestion About Consciousness
Clarke discusses the function of consciousness and introduces his new theory.
In Search Of Rationalism
What is it, where can it be found, and why is there so little of it about? Elusive
it may be, but vital all the same, argues Clarke.
Correction & Creativity
An examination of Pattern Recognition Theory and Information Normalization Theory
side by side.
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Misinformation alone is insufficient to generate humour according to information
normalization theory, so in this essay Clarke takes a more in-depth look at the concept
of memetic value, its role in the assessment of data, and what can happen when it
is judged to be absent. Why are individuals susceptible to some forms of error that
amuse them, and what factors affect the way in which we receive information and determine
whether we are likely to take it seriously or not?