I realize that this question is likely ridiculous, vague, and not able to be answered with anything but wild speculation, or a PhD thesis, which is why I put it here. Mods, feel free to move it.
I guess my question is: how likely /necessary is it for other intelligent, sentient beings, capable of consciousness and abstract thinking to develop something like humor? Does having a sense of humor fill some vital role? Is it a it necessary and unavoidable byproduct of the way most human brains are set up? Is having a sense of humor required in order for the brain to work properly?
They ( scientists? Or do they?) say that dolphins and chimps are self aware, and they seem to have a sense of humor. I guess that could just be projecting, I don’t really know what or how they think
I realize that there seem to be some people without any sense of humor ( this is a perfect setup, somebody better take it) do their brains function normally otherwise?
If we were to come into contact with an intelligent race of aliens, would it be likely that they have a sense of humor just by virtue of them being intelligent and having abstract thought? Or do you think it was just a one- off, freak accident with us, a curious by -product that we could have developed without, without any real loss of brain function?
I apologize if this question makes no sense, is stupid, or has been asked before.