I just had to share a news item titled Scientists locate sarcasm in the brain (via Peter Watts). Not surprisingly, Israelis are at the forefront of this research, labouring in the sarcasm-rich environment of the University of Haifa and the Rambam Medical Center.
Peter Watts comments:
So sarcasm and irony are more advanced traits than religion and morality. No surprise there, but it’s nice to get empirical confirmation.
I got pointed back to Watts’ site by a link to a presentation he put up about Vampire Domestication, a sort of promo for his new book.