Monday, March 12, 2007

South Park is good for you!

Not only is South Park good intellectual fodder:

South Park is at one and the same time the most vulgar and the most philosophical show ever to appear on television...(If) one is patient with South Park, and gives the show the benefit of the doubt, it turns out to be genuinely thought provoking

But humor might also make you live longer:

Adults who have a sense of humor outlive those who don't find life funny, and the survival edge is particularly large for people with cancer, says Sven Svebak of the medical school at Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Of course, you'll always get those people, even medical doctors sometimes, who simply don't understand the purpose of the research:

"I'm very skeptical," says William Breitbart, psychiatry chief at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City..."I've met a lot of funny people who died of cancer pretty quickly." He says stage of disease and aggressiveness of tumors matter far more than a person's sense of humor.

I can't believe the researcher is saying that humor is the ONLY thing that affects cancer. As frequently noted, smoking causes cancer. Smoking is not the only thing that causes cancer. Smoking doesn't cause cancer in everyone. Still, smoking causes cancer. Now, apply that to humor and its effect on cancer. Not that there's anything wrong with being skeptical about the results of one research study. But be skeptical for the right reasons!

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