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Sarcasm is a survival skill

POSTED BY: CYBERSNARK
UPDATED: Friday, August 15, 2008 12:00
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Friday, June 20, 2008 5:57 AM

CYBERSNARK


Well, duh.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20080620/sc_livescience/sarcasmsee
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Evolutionary biologists claim that sociality is what has made humans such a successful species. We are masters at what anthropologists and others call "social intelligence." We recognize and keep track of hundreds of relationships, and we easily distinguish between enemies and friends.

More important, we run our lives by social calculation. A favor is mentally recorded and paid back, sometimes many years later. Likewise, insults are marked down on the mental score card in indelible ink. And we are constantly bickering and making up, even with people we love.

Sarcasm, then, is a verbal hammer that connects people in both a negative and positive way. We know that sense of humor is important to relationships; if someone doesn't get your jokes, they aren't likely to be your friend (or at least that's my bottom line about friendship). Sarcasm is simply humor's dark side, and it would be just as disconcerting if a friend didn't get your snide remarks.



Proof perhaps that Joss and his fans are just a bit more evolved than everyone else.

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Monday, June 23, 2008 11:31 AM

MSB


Hey thanks for providing me with the article I will present at our informal research forum:)

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Monday, June 23, 2008 11:44 AM

CHRISISALL


Uh, well, thanks, 'cause, y'know, I didn't know any of that.



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Monday, June 23, 2008 12:11 PM

FARFLY


Yeah, neither did I.



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Tuesday, June 24, 2008 5:04 AM

CHRISISALL


This is a really necessary thread, don't you think?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008 6:27 PM

FUTUREMRSFILLION


OMG like sooooo necessary! I am not sure I could have survived the night without this thread.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008 7:35 PM

KHYRON


Like sarcasm's so great.

Hey, let's vote to make it our president!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008 7:36 AM

MSB


well duh 'causer at least sarcasm has a purpose...

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Friday, August 15, 2008 8:04 AM

MALACHITE


Of course, sometimes I find that keeping my big mouth shut is more conducive to my survival...

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Friday, August 15, 2008 8:13 AM

EMBERS


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
This is a really necessary thread, don't you think?

Chrisisall




even Michael Weston says social relationships are important, but he thinks it is better to have people think you owe them than that they owe you:


though I guess that exploits the advantage of cynicism rather than sarcasm....

New Firefly fans should check this out: http://www.fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=2&t=15816

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Friday, August 15, 2008 8:35 AM

RALLEM


I can't believe it. All of my raw talent for sarcasm and I cannot think of a sarcastic response to this post. I think that I will now crawl into a corner and kill myself.



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Friday, August 15, 2008 9:01 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by rallem:
I think that I will now crawl into a corner and kill myself.


Don't go to any trouble, now.

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Friday, August 15, 2008 10:10 AM

KHYRON


Quote:

Originally posted by rallem:
I think that I will now crawl into a corner and kill myself.

That's what SHE said!

But enough about my love life ...

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Friday, August 15, 2008 10:48 AM

RALLEM


You're right it was too much of an inconvenience for me to crawl into a corner. I guess lazy and procrastination are survival skills too.



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Friday, August 15, 2008 12:00 PM

MSB




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