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This seems to resonate with Plessner's wonderful Laughing and Crying. Plessner thought that laughing and crying were human attempts to confront the absurd; in such situations language and argument aren't appropriate, and our control breaks down, leaving our bodies respond for us by gesticulating and vocalizing in ways over which we have little control. We call these behaviors "laughing" and "crying", and far from being offended or disgusted by the lack of rational control that they demonstrate, we instead recognize them to be among the most precious of human behaviors.

"And in the loss of control over himself and his body, he reveals himself at the same time as a more than bodily being who lives in a state of tension with regard to his bodily existence yet is wholly and completely bound to it."

You can read more from Plessner here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmuth_Plessner

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Professor Sophie Scott, from UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, discusses her research on laughter. Professor Scott will talk about her work at a special event at UCL to mark this year's Brain Awareness Week.

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