Sarcasm Seen as Evolutionary Survival Skill

  • swimbikerun

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    Jun 20, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    WHATEVER!


    Meredith F. Small
    LiveScience's Human Nature Columnist
    LiveScience.com 1 hour, 52 minutes ago

    Humans are fundamentally social animals. Our social nature means that we interact with each other in positive, friendly ways, and it also means we know how to manipulate others in a very negative way.

    Neurophysiologist Katherine Rankin at the University of California, San Francisco, has also recently discovered that sarcasm, which is both positively funny and negatively nasty, plays an important part in human social interaction.

    So what?

    I mean really, who cares? Oh for God's sake. Don't you have anything better to do that read this column? ...
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  • Timbales

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    Jun 20, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    I have a speech impediment. Everything I say sounds sarcastic. Honest.
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:06 PM GMT

    I guess that makes Gay Men the most evolved of the Human Race!!

    What-ev.
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    I don't know what you're talking about. I found this article about sarcasm to be REALLY intriguing and VERY enlightening with regards to human nature. I mean, who would have EVER thought that SARCASM played SUCH an important role in our lives? I know that I personally NEVER-EVER use sarcasm, unless it is STRICTLY by ACCIDENT.
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    I guess that makes Gay Men the most evolved of the Human Race!!

    What-ev.
    LOL! Although do drag queens rate even higher?
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    Jun 20, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    I've definitely seen the glimmer of pre-sarcasm in the other great apes: eye rolls, sneering, and vocalizations that resemble Janeane Garofalo's.

    Usually the alpha queen.
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    Jun 20, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    If One wanted a bitch, I'd buy a dog, or go to a gay bar. Some seem to think this too be intelligent; whatever.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jun 20, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    Pattison! You're the BEST!
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    Jun 20, 2008 9:13 PM GMT
    The good thing about science and scientist, is that they and you know that they aren't always right about such things, and can't wait to be debunked by their peers.
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    Jun 20, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    Oh, I'm SURE this makes all the sense in the WORLD. I mean, SARCASM? Who indulges in THAT?
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    Jun 20, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    swimbikerun saidWHATEVER!

    So what?



    Indeed, lol. I think of it this way: there are billions of people out there trying to make a living. They can't all be researching the same stuff. So we always get Nobel Prize condenders whipping out articles with titles like "Study Finds Seasonal Rain Essential to Crop Growth".

    The news media is the same way. Ever see some of the ridiculous stuff on CNN.com? How about their polls? "Do you think gas is too expensive?" Y/N/DK
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    Jun 21, 2008 12:27 AM GMT
    You can get help now. No one has to suffer.

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    Jun 21, 2008 12:29 AM GMT
    I think I'm too close to this subject to make an objective statement.
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    Jun 21, 2008 12:33 AM GMT
    One of my bumper sticker reads: "WHATEVER."
    Another is: "only my dog understand me."
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    Jun 21, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    Pattison saidOne of my bumper sticker reads: "WHATEVER."
    Another is: "only my dog understand me."


    I suspect the second one may actually be true.
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    Jun 21, 2008 9:35 AM GMT
    Sarcasm? Nasty?!

    Of course not! It's all sweetness and light! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Laurence

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    Jun 21, 2008 9:44 AM GMT
    Sarcasm is great, and us Brits are experts at it.

    However it usually works best in person, or with people you know very well, and is not something that works well on the internet or in print.

    I've seen guys use it on here, and offend other people, so best to avoid in chatrooms, or forums - unless you're very good at it.

    Lozx
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    Jun 21, 2008 12:06 PM GMT
    jprichva said[quote][cite]Pattison said[/cite]One of my bumper sticker reads: "WHATEVER."
    Another is: "only my dog understand me."


    I suspect the second one may actually be true.[/quote]

    Indeed. But is that not what unconditional love is all about......
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    Jun 21, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    oh man, I NEEEEEEDDDD some Sarcasma right NOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!
  • iHavok

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    Jun 21, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    I was under the impression it wasn't turret's syndrome so much as tourette's syndrome.

    Amusing someone went thru all the work to make the ad look all professional, and make a silly spelling error.
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    Jun 24, 2008 3:15 AM GMT
    Briarhawk read the fine print and saidAmusing someone went thru all the work to make the ad look all professional, and make a silly spelling error.


    Agreed. Clearly one of the side effects of the pill is dysorthography. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 1:20 PM GMT
    We should get the young to solve all the problems of the world, while they still know everthing.....