The nature of humor just as mysterious as the nature of gravitation or life.  Like he is, but what it is is unclear. As we know from the socionics, in each of the four blocks its specific sense of humor. Because I belong to the first kvadra, my definition of true is not for everyone.

Pelevin wrote, that laughter is the working of the mind. The čihom mind shakes from itself a paradoxes that cannot be resolved in the normal way of thinking. Paradoxes, incidentally, are logical and ethical. So humor is a way to see, hear and pass the paradoxes and contradictions. K. G. Jung on paradoxes wrote:

Paradox belongs to the highest spiritual values. Only he is able to at least partly to express the fullness of life.

So humor is a way to perceive and transmit the contradictory and paradoxical nature of life.

Because humor is a way to see the paradoxes and contradictions is an important part and evidence of critical thinking. It is interesting that in those places and organizations where you need to obey and not think humor is the main enemy. This is the case and in the army, and in churches and in sects. In sects, for example, according to eyewitnesses, humor off with critical thinking as controlling human consciousness. You can read about this exciting book "my nine lives in Scientology," Monica Pin′otti, in which it describes in detail the technology of suppression and control consciousness in the sect, way deep into sects and back. The same process of disappearance of critical thinking and humour shown in the book Barbara O'brien "magical journey into madness and back: operators and things where it just like Monica very thoroughly and openly tells the story of its immersion into the depths of schizophrenia and a return path.

So if I feel that impinge on the right to joke and laugh, I know that this is actually an attempt to limit critical thinking, and therefore thinking at all.

But the paradoxes and other mind is "high comedy". At the bottom, in the caves of Gnomes, deep underground lies the mines of Moria. So called disease which affects zones of logical thinking in the brain (frontal lobe), with the result that the person starts a lot of joking and Plano, while not understanding the subtle humor and even strangers flat jokes.  Here is a link to the story of a man who

diligently scribbled 50 pages of jokes of this kind: "Come I somehow verify sight to get a driver's license. The doctor shows me a letter, and I am saying: "a, b, c, g, d, e, f, let's me right". Or: "how to get rid of hunger? We must move away from the buffet. (…) Many jokes were crude.

It turned out that after two strokes, his brain was so damaged that he began to issue non-stop flat jokes and, besides, rummaging through trash bins in search of things to resell and steal candy in stores, though was quite assured. Neuroscientist, explores the mines of Moria and sense of humor, describes the best jokes:

"(it) is built on a lack of conformity of the final phrase of the expected developments, and the brain has to make some considerations to understand the salt. The build process of the necessary chaining annoying brain pleasure centers, and man laughing (or at least politely smiles). Time when becomes clear essence of joke, akin to any moment of inspiration "

It happens the same way that joking, and effect of a strange, as if the joke dives into the crack between the parketinami. The brain is expected to make 5 moves to understand, but it turned out, for example, just three. Frustration premature finale.

In my opinion, the best jokes are so paradoxical that no decision and, moreover, can't be recreated outside of the context of where they were born. There are also absurd jokes that do not always have a hidden essence, but check the ability of a person to face a complete surprise.

Not only are we kidding, kidding with us. The Divine Comedy is hard to see from a human perspective. Nonsense, Paradox and nonlinear development of its ingredients. We are too serious about itself, to understand how ridiculous it all is folded. The hero of the film the Coen brothers ' "a serious man" did not see anything ridiculous in my life. And the first time a spectator, waiting the usual patterns, too will not laugh in his voice. But the second time around (luxury unavailable in real life) and the rhymes are visible and conditional genre "comedy" appears as a watermark. Although, it would be more accurate to call it "the Divine Comedy", which, of course, just as poignant and funny. This contrast of the absurd and strange rhyming with one hand and the drama of real life live person on the other. I want to finish with the words of Jung's Anima archetype, combining in itself and feminine and Sage:

Wisdom and folly in èl′fičeskom being not only seem one and the same, they are one and the same until presented one Animoj. Life and stupid and given meaning. If you don't laugh at first and did not reflect on the second, then life becomes trivial. All then becomes to the limit: reduced size and sense and nonsense. In fact, life means nothing, there is no thinking person who could interpret its phenomena.

Laugh and ponder, ponder and laugh …