A Pessimist’s Theory of Humor

Schopenhauer on what’s funny — and why . . .

Cynthia Giles
4 min readApr 25, 2024

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Google mash-up of Chantix “Slow Turkey” images

For me, personally, 2019 was a banner year for improbable humor. I ran across the room to see Chantix “slow turkey” commercials, every time they came on . . .

And I wasn’t alone. Drop by YouTube even now and type in “Chantix turkey.” Then be sure and look at the many comments: “hilarious,” “charming,” “calming,”…

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Cynthia Giles

Writer at large, Ph.D. in interdisciplinary humanities. Persistently curious! Launching Complexity Press, Spring 2023.