Some humor penetrates right to the essence of some human characteristic or problem in a way that a large number of people can recognize and appreciate readily, whether or not they could articulate or analyze the characteristic or even recognize it or admit its existence if presented abstractly. Mythology worthy of remembrance tells some truth with its fictions (however much we might simultaneously use it to flatter ourselves and gloss over problems). We may dispute the psychologist, be aghast at the sociologist, ignore the zoologist, yawn at the philosopher, but get the joke.
Some humor reveals some essential problem of epistemology, of psychology and behavior …
A few years back I started a log of my favorite examples, jotting down a short list, merely by mnemonic synecdoche, and adding to it as others occurred to me. I couldn’t find that file, so I began it again. And yesterday began actually fleshing some of the jokes.
2011 09 27 I worked on resurrecting my Jokes files on Jun 17. Today I do a bit of editing, relocating, adding. The Jokes menu is under Personal / Chat /