Scott Weems

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Move over Henri Bergson, Weems explains the science of laughter way more charmingly. Our neurons are still cracking up.
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar"

Who is Henri Bergson? He was a French philosopher and Nobel laureate who once wrote a fascinating (though slightly dry) collection of essays about why we laugh. But that's not important.

is important is humor, and for many reasons. It reduces stress. It keeps us healthy. It even makes us smarter. So why not laugh?

Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why, I explore humor and laughter in all forms. Thanks to psychologists, linguists, and even computer scientists, we now know why life is so funny. Finally, you can too.

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Scott Weems’s career began as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served as communications officer onboard the USCGC YOCONA in Kodiak, Alaska. His travels then took him to New Orleans, Boston, Los Angeles, Annapolis, and Little Rock, earning graduate degrees in psychology, education, and creative writing along the way.

He also has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from U.C.L.A. and once made a little girl cry by telling her that some people go to school until the 26th grade.

In his spare time he whitewater kayaks and plays golf, and occasionally writes about himself in the third person.

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