“Even more crucial is the question of whether laughter is a natural or a cultural phenomenon — or, perhaps better, whether laughter directly challenges the simplicity of that binary division. As the anthropologist Mary Douglas summed it up, 'Laughter is a unique bodily eruption which is always taken to be a communication.' Unlike sneezing or farting, laughter is taken to mean something. Its ambiguity, between nature and culture, has a tremendous impact on our attempts to understand how laughter in general operates in human society and, more specifically, how far it is under our conscious control.”
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