Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

why it's hard to appease the [g|m]ods

>> When the woman watching was the boss, she didn’t laugh much at the muffin joke. But when she was the underling or a co-worker, she laughed much more, even though the joke-teller wasn’t in the room to see her. When you’re low in the status hierarchy, you need all the allies you can find, so apparently you’re primed to chuckle at anything even if it doesn’t do you any immediate good.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/science/13tier.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5090&en=d38e4cf7a53719f3&ex=1331438400&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

Alphas are humorless. Humor to power, baby.
Permalink blahty heartsheep 
March 15th, 2007 5:32pm
> Did that alleged joke make you laugh?

Yes it did. It was funny damn it.

> It’s an instinctual survival tool for social animals, not an intellectual response to wit.

If the the mind itself is a cooperation of social entities, it could still be an homage to wit.

> by some of the most senior researchers in the field

Tough crowd. Maybe a living group would be easier to research on.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 15th, 2007 5:54pm
The anecdote at the end was funny.

> the mind is a cooperation of social entities

Interesting definition. Can that be expanded to 'psychosocial'? And to competition/cooperation? Whether I eat said muffin depends on a tug-of-war betwix my internal hunger and my socially-mediated desire to be thin.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 15th, 2007 6:07pm
"Did that alleged joke make you laugh? I would guess (and hope) not."

Yeah, I don't understand why the journalist said that. I laughed out loud and even got spit on my monitor. And I've heard the joke 100 times before, but it's still hilarious to me.

I guess the writer doesn't think the joke is funny. Must be something wrong with them.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 15th, 2007 6:15pm
Of course, I can't read the article... that would be almost blasphemous to CoT spirit.

But I think that many many bosses don't laugh just because they are bosses. They have to be taken seriously.
Permalink JoC 
March 16th, 2007 10:18am

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