Author John Charles Simon Discusses His Book "Why We Laugh: A New Understanding"

Tuesday January 22, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Why do we spend so much time and energy soliciting the laughter of others? Why are we are attracted to those who inspire our own laughter? Why does the laugh response vary among individuals and cultures, as well as over the course of an individual's lifetime?

In his new book, "Why We Laugh: A New Understanding," John Charles Simon presents, for the first time, a comprehensive explanation for human laughter -- every human, every laugh, every context, and every reason. Offering insight into laughter's most probable origin, this fascinating book answers difficult questions of laughter's contagious quality, our sense of humor, and what laughter says about us as individuals and as a species.

John Charles Simon is a U-M graduate and retired field biologist who has studied the movements, reproductive biology and communication behavior of over 150 species. Fascinated for years by human behavior and evolution, he formulated a new definition of laughter so comprehensive and revealing, it resulted in a new conceptual model of this familiar and mysterious expression.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.