Your heart is older than your brain. It beats, autonomously, 4 weeks after conception and does not stop until death. Moving at a glacial pace, the brain sparks into being 9 weeks later. The sagacious heart rests at the center of your chest, part of a dense endocrine and immune network that processes neurological signals. All independent from the brain. All to maintain the body in exquisite balance. Is it any surprise then, that disturbances in this delicate rhythm affect brain function?
Strong language, of the non-sciencey sort, will be used in the following piece. The content may be disturbing to readers denying the gender based violence women experience on a daily basis in the workplace, traveling to the workplace, getting a coffee outside the workplace, leaving the workplace, oh – and being hired in the workplace to begin with. Lewd thoughts/gestures/remarks and the occasional pussy-grabbing affect the objectifier as much as the objectified. Learn why. And change it.
The spontaneous chuckle erupting out of you requires creativity, attuned observation skills and precise timing on the behalf of the comedian. To make someone laugh, as another comedian puts it, “is a preposterous thing. I am forcing you to have an involuntary reaction to something I say.” Professional comedians (like Louis C.K.) are experts at combining these skills and generating humorous ideas for our enjoyment, and indeed – making us laugh. How is a joke set in motion within the brain networks of a professional humor maker?