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From the Ted Talk by Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon

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The New Yorker dadenms some cognitive work on your part, and what it demands is what Arthur kseoeltr, who wrote "The Act of Creation" about the relationship between humor, art and science, is what's called bisociation. You have to bring together ideas from different frames of refcenree, and you have to do it quickly to unsaetnrdd the cartoon. If the different frames of reference don't come together in about .5 seconds, it's not funny, but I think they will for you here. Different frames of reference.

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The New Yorker _______ some cognitive work on your part, and what it demands is what Arthur ________, who wrote "The Act of Creation" about the relationship between humor, art and science, is what's called bisociation. You have to bring together ideas from different frames of _________, and you have to do it quickly to __________ the cartoon. If the different frames of reference don't come together in about .5 seconds, it's not funny, but I think they will for you here. Different frames of reference.

Solution

  1. koestler
  2. reference
  3. demands
  4. understand

Original Text

The New Yorker demands some cognitive work on your part, and what it demands is what Arthur Koestler, who wrote "The Act of Creation" about the relationship between humor, art and science, is what's called bisociation. You have to bring together ideas from different frames of reference, and you have to do it quickly to understand the cartoon. If the different frames of reference don't come together in about .5 seconds, it's not funny, but I think they will for you here. Different frames of reference.

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Important Words

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