POR Tiscar Lara 29/03/09 // Español
Every time we laugh less and less and it is not funny at all. In only one generation time if have gone from laughing 30 minutes a day on average in 1939 to only one minute in 2006. Too sad, isn´t it?
The relationship between laughter and medicine seems easy to understand, because we all have some insight on how well we feel when we laugh as crazy. Laughter is viral, contagious and widespread.
Therefore, during the war of pharmaceutical patents in a world eager to closing codes, it is difficult to explain how we are giving up of such a free and accessible drug as is laughter. But what we do not even imagine is that the "medicine of which no one speaks" is also subversive element and knowledge expanded.
It is not easy to convince an audience with that argument, but Antonio Lafuente, one of the CSIC’s researchers who is doing for more open culture and procomún, took it as a challenge and is committed to dive in such disciplines as philosophy, theater, sociology and literature to show that it can be possible to see laughing like that.
"The most obvious is that laughter reveals the existence of a common world, with some code to interpret the rules and the violations of these rules. Whenever you laugh, those codes that are shared become explicited. Why laughter is contagious? The joy of belonging to a community, to share things with others... those good feelings stimulates the brain and it recognizes and appreciates the value of providing that laugh endorphins and dopamine to feel good".
To support its research, Lafuente talks about laughing almost like a toolkit to solve any trouble, it is transitive and reflexive, and at the same time gives you pleasant sensations, it lets you deceive the expert knowdlege, but, and what is maybe the most important, it also helps you to open hidden codes and expand knowledge: "every time someone finds a hidden pattern in the environment around us, a design or pattern of behavior that people do not see, the brain rewards that knowledge with laughter".
In some ways, though he started defining laughter as "the only way to vindicate the human from the artificial, the machinery, laughter also becomes a technology in itself, a way to hack the world and expand their codes.