Welcome to this week's lecture. As a reminder, My name is Dr. Minnow Salk. I am with you on my sabbatical, taking over this summer course for Dr. Pia. Today's topic- Silliness: A critical look at human silliness deficit disorder (HSDD)- is no laughing matter. The human ability to exhibit 'silliness' is decreasing at a staggering rate.
Silliness, soon to be on the Endangered Endearing Human Behaviors List (EEHB), is a topic of fierce debate in the rest of the animal kingdom. According to Fellonious Meow, a tenured professor at Long Whiskers University, feline experts researching HSDD, fault canines for mis-training their humans to believe they are more fabulous than they actually are- thereby reducing their ability to take things in jest.
Canine experts like Dr. Treat Woofenstein, maintain that feline companions engaged in assessing the human capacity for silliness use humor and antics far too complex for the human brain to comprehend- rendering them agitated and confused- feelings that inhibit the silliness response.
While feline experts agree with the canine assessment, that perhaps feline humor exceeds the level of complexity and intelligence that the human brain can comprehend, they maintain that the rise in HSDD is still largely attributable to a failure on the part of canines- the specifics of which they have yet to determine.
Overall, canine and feline researchers do however agree that HSDD is on the rise and is fundamentally related to human's tendency to take themselves too seriously. Canine researchers suggest further research protocols to explore their understanding of the human ego and it's self limiting need to appear infallible, in control and at the center of the universe.
Expanding current studies on how and why humans consistently disown their own flatulence and attribute it to their canine companions, is among the ideas for how best to isolate facets of human motivation. Researchers hope that a better understanding of human motivation will shed light on the variables that impede silliness behavior in humans.
I look forward to your insights on this controversial topic and any accompanying visuals related to silliness across species.
Dr. Minnow Salk
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