Sajid Javid “should have been out on his ear”, says Lord Patten

first_imgCabinet minister Sajid Javid should have been sacked by Theresa May for his criticism of the High Court ruling on Brexit, Lord Patten has said.Patten’s comments came on Peston on Sunday, in which he sharply criticised the Communities Secretary for his public view that the court was wrong for its ruling that the UK Parliament should be consulted before Brexit.Javid said on BBC Question Time last Thursday that the case was “an attempt to frustrate the will of the British people”.Although Javid stressed that his comment was directed at those who had brought the case to the court and not the judges themselves, Patten said that in the John Major years, “there would have been quite a lot of us that would have been reluctant to sit around a cabinet table with him”Patten also levelled criticism at “tabloid editors” for their censure of High Court judges in the press this week, notably the Daily Mail and its headline referring to pro-parliamentary vote judges as “enemies of the people” on Friday’s front page.He then urged Theresa May to show “leadership” in protecting the judges and the right of courts to rule on political matters, citing examples from his own time in government.“Theresa May…made her reputation in politics by condemning the Conservative party for looking like ‘the Nasty Party’.“Here we are with a debate in this country which is starting to make us look mean and a bit nasty,”“Theresa May should make it absolutely clear that she don’t like the way that tabloid editors have been pushing this debate, that we actually need to behave more decently to one another and with a great deal more respect, as a couple of bishops have been saying. “It’s for Theresa May to give that sort of leadership.”His comments come amidst debate between MPs on the legitimacy of the High Court’s ruling on Brexit. Jeremy Hunt’s became the first in cabinet to defend the judges and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve sharply criticised Downing Street for not doing so earlier.Oxford University have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

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Brandon Harding defends Soca Monarch title

first_imgThe 2018 Carib Soca Monarch, Brandon Harding, has managed to edge newcomer Steven Ramphal by a mere point to retain the title when the competition was held at the National Park Tarmac on Saturday evening.Harding performed “Alone” with a full complement of backup dancers and props while Steven Ramphal performed “Soca in meh vein”. Ramphal bagged $750,000 for copping the second spot while he will receive another $100,000 for the best newcomer. Harding walked away with a whopping $1.5 million.Coming in third was the lone police officer in the competition, “Vintage” who performed “Soca King” and in the fourth position was the three-time monarch, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo.The top performers have definitely set a high bar for those who have aspirations coming into the competition in 2020.Speaking with Guyana Times, Harding noted that he was confident in retaining the title. He posited that a lot of work has been put into his performance which, without a doubt, was enough to win the judges’ hearts.He explained that going into the competition, Jumo Primo was his biggest competition but after seeing the performance by Steven Ramphal, he knew that it would be an uphill task.He noted that Saturday evening definitely did not go well for Primo, but he is cognisant that the former monarch is still one of the greatest and most energetic Guyanese performers onstage.Nevertheless, he was ecstatic when he was named the winner in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He thanked his team for the support and is expected to successfully defend his title in 2020.Speaking to this newspaper, the second place winner said that he was surprised to have been awarded the second position and more so, felt accomplished to have only lost by one point.He explained that on the night of the competition, everything was on point – from dancers to props. “This is definitely an encouragement to stay in the Soca competition… I think I will stick around for a while,” Ramphal said.He thanked his wife, SAS Designs, and Ramdial Construction for the support they have provided to him during the Soca competition.He started his performance with a video introduction that explained that the birth of Soca was as a result of the sounds of Africa and India coming together.This was followed by the African and Tassa drummers coming on stage thus creating a fusion of togetherness.On the other hand, Harding appeared in the centre of the stage on a throne and proclaimed that he came ‘Alone’ to represent his crown after receiving the support of his hometown.Brandon’s performance was undoubtedly flawless and with his excellent vocals, he shifted the foundation of the National Park. Dressed in red and gold as Ramphal, Harding and his backup dancers set the park on fire.Meanwhile, following the announcement, Jumo reportedly left the venue while the Monarch and the first and second runners-up joined hands on the stage as they sang each other’s songs.last_img read more

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Takeaways from Warriors’ pre-season loss to Lakers in Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Just like he did in Game 3 of the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals, Kevin Durant nailed a 3-pointer over LeBron James.The context was different, though. It was not a dagger shot. It also took place during the Warriors’ 123-113 pre-season loss to the Lakers on Wednesday. Hence, James shot down any comparisons between the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals matchups in the past four years and Wednesday’s pre-season game.“It’s exactly the same,” James sarcastically said. “Preseason games vs. The …last_img read more

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Easter bunny helps riverine cousin

first_imgThis riverine kit may live to breed a new generation of the species, thanks to the efforts of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.(Image: Eric Herrmann, N Cape Dept of            Environment and Nature             Conservation) MEDIA CONTACTS • Christy Bragg  EWT riverine rabbit programme manager  +27 82 332 5447 • Nomonde Mxhalisa  EWT communications manager  +27 11 372 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • EWT making tracks in conservation • Addo’s elephant fence comes down • Raggies to help shark conservation • Big five cat moves into new reserve • Lions return to Great KarooEmily van RijswijckChocolate rabbits and Easter are synonymous, with the roots of the tradition going far back to the pagan festival of Eastre and its fertility symbol of the rabbit.This year, as was the case in 2011, the tradition gets an added twist with the famous golden Easter bunny of Lindt & Sprüngli, Swiss master chocolatiers, joining in the fight to save one of South Africa’s most endangered mammals, the riverine rabbit.Lindt will donate a percentage of all sales from their legendary Lindt gold Easter bunnies to the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) riverine rabbit programme.It is the second year that the company joins forces with EWT, a non-profit nature conservation organisation focussing most of its efforts on field research.While the golden chocolate rabbit is hard to miss in the shops – and even harder to resist – the riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) is far less legendary. In fact, it is a rather elusive character, hiding out in thick, thorny shrubs and doing most of its foraging during night time or early dawn.The 13th most endangered mammal in the world, the riverine rabbit is South Africa’s second most threatened species after the De Winton’s golden mole. It faces an uncertain future.It is estimated that only a few hundred of these rare animals remain in the wild today. The riverine is now listed as critically endangered on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.Saving the KarooThe rabbit’s endangered status is only a small part of the reason why the EWT embarked on its riverine rabbit programme almost a decade ago.Most of the field work takes place in the Klein and Great Karoo region, the rabbit’s natural habitat. One of the programme’s aims is to conserve the biodiversity of this region, as the loss of habitat and land use changes are the most important threats to these animals.“By saving the rabbit we are also in effect saving the Karoo,” says EWT project manager Christy Bragg.The rabbit programme is the flagship project in this ecosystem, and the animals’ status is used as a key indicator of what’s going on with the region’s river ecosystems.Its extinction in many areas where it formerly occurred indicates the degraded status of riverbanks along the perennial Karoo rivers, according to Bragg.“The riverine rabbit is an important indicator species for ecosystems. Through the programme we are saving a whole suite of other animals, plants and insects,” she says.Bragg says the money received from Lindt will be used in three areas:Firstly, the actual number of rabbits and the number of breeding pairs is still open to speculation and needs further research. According to Bragg, an estimated 250 breeding pairs exist.A second aspect will focus on habitat rehabilitation, with the planting, not only of foliage for food, but also for shelter as these creatures are extremely shy. Local people are enlisted in habitat restoration projects.The last part of the programme is critical as most of the riverine rabbit populations live on private land.This third aspect focuses on getting private landowners to become partners in the programme. Farmers are encouraged to promote integrated land management practices that can sustain the riverine rabbit, its habitat and many other species while ensuring socio-economic benefits to landowners and communities.So far, about 350 000 hectares of riverine rabbit habitat is under informal stewardship agreements with farmers in the North and Western Cape areas. These agreements are set to be formalised in the near future.Lindt bunny and SanbonaLindt hopes to break the current record of R250 000 (US$32 600) from Easter sales in 2011, which was donated to the EWT programme.The little hollow chocolate figurine, with its trademark red ribbon and golden bell, has been around since 1952 and celebrates its 60th birthday this year. It is sold in various sizes and forms of packaging.Lindt, together with Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, is also offering a two-night getaway to the reserve, one of the rabbit’s habitats.Since 2006, when the first rabbit was sighted at the reserve, over 100 sightings of the little creature have been recorded. The reserve has instituted its own research initiative to study the rabbit.In 2003 Sanbona introduced lion and cheetah into the reserve for the first time, marking a significant milestone in the history of the Karoo.Sanbona lies in the Klein Karoo near Montagu, a mere three hours’ drive from Cape Town along the R62 and is located at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains.last_img read more

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Marc Rosenbaum’s Monitoring Results

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members At a recent conference in Burlington, Vermont, energy consultant Marc Rosenbaum shared insights that he’s gleaned from several energy monitoring projects. His presentation on February 7, 2018, was part of Better Buildings By Design, a conference sponsored by Efficiency Vermont.Rosenbaum believes that energy retrofit specialists should regularly measure energy use. “We’re practitioners,” Rosenbaum told the Burlington audience. “Most of the time we try to get it right, and when we don’t we want to know why. So we grind through it. We try it again and test it.” Monitoring a Zehnder ERV At his house on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Rosenbaum has a Zehnder ComfoAir 200 energy-recovery ventilator (ERV). Rosenbaum praised Zehnder’s plastic ductwork (so-called ComfoTube ducts). “I cannot find a detectable leak in the ducts,” he said.He took temperature measurements and power draw measurements to determine the ERV’s effectiveness. “I am interested in effectiveness, not efficiency,” he said. “Most people talk about efficiency. Efficiency measurements include motor watts. Effectiveness is the measure of how much of the temperature differential between outdoor and indoor air is recovered by the ventilator. Effectiveness is affected by motor heat, heat transfer through the case, and internal condensation. You can raise effectiveness by bad design — you can heat the air with the heat from the motor and the fan.”Summing up, Rosenbaum said, “I’m interested in in the thermal performance of the ERV — the temperature rise as the outdoor air passes through the unit.”T(out) = outdoor air temperature T(exh) = temperature of exhaust air leaving the ERVT(sup) = temperature fresh air leaving the ERVT(ret) = temperature of stale air entering the ERVAccording to Rosenbaum’s measurements,… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Radical iOS 7 Design Is Threat To Some Existing Apps

first_imgTags:#Apple#iOS 7#iPhone The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces I was not expecting the many changes to Camera nor the additional Photos sharing and reviewing functions.With Camera, controls are simpler, and a new set of filters and editing tools have been added. Photos now (semi-automatically) organizes pictures into various “collections”—by place and time. It’s hard to predict how these changes will impact competing photo services.But for all these changes, existing services will weather the additions well. Instagram, for example, is built upon a massive user base, so nothing in iOS 7 should threaten that. Flickr is a popular photo sharing and archiving service. With iOS 7, it’s now even easier to share photos with Flickr, Facebook and other services. I expect these social platforms to witness a boom in photo/video uploads.Developers of camera apps are threatened, however. Filters and a panoramic feature are embedded in the new iOS camera,  with attractive controls and a camera function that can even be accessed via the Control Center. iOS 7 will make it harder to justify paying money for any but the very best camera apps.Mail: Return To SenderApple’s default Mail app is slightly improved. The minimal design and new iconography offer a larger work space. A simple swipe makes it easy to trash or archive an email. It may be the best of Apple’s standard default apps. That said, there’s no great improvement here. For those that have found a better alternative under iOS 6, they will likely retain their allegiance.Siri Ready To Fight Google Voice Search Apple has never allowed users to delete their abysmal default Weather app. This has always been egregiously anti-user. But with iOS 7, users now have little need to seek out alternatives.The redesigned weather app is so clear, intuitive and attractive that it should suffice for most users. While not as functional as many of the paid alternatives, presentation and ease of use likely mean that far fewer users will seek out a non-Apple solution.Legit Google Now AlternativeApple’s new Notification Center is likely to impact the reach of Google Now, Google’s well-designed and popular “virtual assistant.” Now delivers timely, personalized information such as today’s weather and traffic in “cards” to users of the Google app. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Once mastered, however, it soon becomes obvious which apps will be made irrelevant thanks to iOS 7.  For example, the new “Control Center,” which is available with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen, includes a flashlight. There is no longer any need for that long-kept Flashlight app of yours. Similarly, managing Wi-Fi connections via the Control Center is a breeze. Those few of you with Wi-Fi location apps can now delete them. I am unaware of anyone who actually uses Bump. No matter, iOS 7 negates the need for the app, as a new “AirDrop” feature wirelessly sends files to nearby iOS 7 users. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … iTunes Radio should choke off all but the very best, most-entrenched streaming music competitors. If you already have Pandora or a similar service with which you are pleased, Apple has given you no reason to switch to their ad-supported offering. With Pandora, for example, it’s slightly easier to create new radio stations, far easier to share with the world what tracks you are listening to and its enhanced features, such as liner notes, are missing in iTunes Radio. But, Apple’s newest offering is more than good enough to take on other streaming services, especially for undecided or uninitiated users.The Browser Wars Are OverApple’s mobile Safari has always been the default browser in iOS devices. This meant there was little opportunity for competing browsers on the platform, even top-notch ones like Google Chrome. Now, however, there’s even less reason to seek out alternatives. The minimal design of iOS 7 makes for a fuller, more pleasing browsing experience, with more of the webpage visible.The new design makes it very easy to bookmark a site, to share a post or designate it for later reading. Search is built into the nav-bar and the new cover flow-like tabbed browsing makes switching across sites easier than ever. It’s hard to expect the vast majority of users will opt for something different.Weather Is Lovely It’s intriguing to consider what might come from iPhone to iPhone AirDrop use, everything from instantly sharing music and videos, for example, to a clever new take on the “hot potato” game. Such opportunities notwithstanding, Control Center and its wireless sharing features, including AirDrop and AirPlay, will likely draw first blood against several minor app stalwarts.  iTunes Radio Will Be BigWith iTunes Radio, it will now be much easier to buy and download a song you like the moment you hear it. You may not view this as a win, but make no mistake, iTunes Radio will be a winner. For those tens of millions of iOS users not currently using a music streaming service, iTunes Radio is the perfect entry point: it’s available through the “Music” app, is simple to operate and costs nothing. Related Posts brian s hall iOS 7 is a truly audacious redesign of Apple’s chief operating system. I have been using the beta version since last week and it’s abundantly clear that Apple is determinedly focused on ensuring that iOS—the software underpinnings of the iPhone and iPad—remains the simplest, purest OS on the planet. It’s also obvious that the new iOS 7 design and enhanced functionality will kill off many non-Apple apps, including some good ones.See also How Apple’s iOS 7 Changes Everything For App DesignersA Jarring ExperienceFor long-time iPhone users, the new design is jarring. Everything about the light, sparing iOS 7 looks different from its predecessors—fonts, colors and iconography, especially. There is also an updated browser, a slate of redesigned default apps, new swiping functions and more robust notifications. This all takes some getting used to. To be fair, the obvious failings of the default apps are likely due from the pitfalls that arise from a tightly constructed user interface. Like the Now service, Google’s voice search is superior to Apple’s Siri offering. For many iOS users, however, Apple’s pre-loaded Siri has been good enough. Also, Siri is available at the touch of a button, from anywhere within the iOS experience. Not so the Google app and its handy voice search function.And Siri has improved. Information is more pleasantly displayed and Apple has reportedly integrated Bing and Wikipedia to ensure better results. In my tests, Siri was slower to respond than in iOS 6 but I am going to assume this is because iOS 7 is still in beta.Long Live the App Many apps and some popular services will be killed off or marginalized by Apple’s latest moves. However, I expect in total the app ecosystem will witness significant growth and innovation based on iOS 7’s many design, hardware and presentation changes.The app will not die, but thrive, under iOS 7. But that doesn’t mean some existing apps won’t suffer through Apple’s iOS changes. iOS 7 does not offer a better alternative to Google Now. But, it will offer a decent solution that is built-in. Apple’s notification center delivers similar information to Now’s—such as stocks, weather, reminders and appointments—directly onto the lock screen. It is somewhat ugly and ungainly, though useful, and I suspect few users—of the several hundred million who use iOS today—will bother with Google’s non-native app, even if it is a superior offering.Default Apps Are Barely AcceptableThis same issue runs through many of Apple’s default apps—they’re just good enough, and that’s more than enough. It’s one of the unspoken benefits of controlling your hardware and ecosystem.Most of Apple’s redesigned apps, such as Reminders and Calendar, are so poorly constructed or so plainly ugly—such as Notes—that on any level playing field, popular alternatives for these would be under no threat whatsoever. This is not a level playing field, however.  Where the new iOS design fails is when a great deal of information must be presented within a single space, such as the seemingly simple reminder app. Date, place, time, alerts and notes must all be brought to the fore to create a single reminder. The pale, minimalistic new design template has a hard time supporting this.Where iOS 7’s design template soars is when the interactive layer falls away, such as when watching a video. Controls disappear when you want and when you do need them, they are obvious but unobtrusive.Instagram is Safe, Flickr is Better Off, Camera Apps Bewarelast_img read more

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Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Chicago, but Bulls have no plans to play him

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem A person with direct knowledge of the matter said the Houston Rockets are trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade still needs league approval.When that comes — the only reason why it didn’t happen Monday is because the NBA office was closed to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — Anthony will have a new team, though still won’t be back on the floor. The Bulls have no plans to play Anthony and will look to either trade him before the Feb. 7 deadline or ultimately waive him and make him a free agent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe trade ends a short-lived saga in Houston for Anthony, who averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets. He has not played since Nov. 8.Anthony was traded by Oklahoma City to Atlanta in July, a move that preceded the Hawks releasing him to sign with the Rockets. The Bulls, technically, will be Anthony’s fourth franchise in seven months, with likely one more to come before long. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants File- This Nov. 2, 2018, file photo shows Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacting during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Houston Rockets are trading Carmelo Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Chicago Bulls, in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Anthony will not wind up playing for the Bulls, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing can be finalized until the league office approves the deal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)MILWAUKEE— Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.Where he’s going next remains unclear.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Pacquiao insiders fear eye injury could end career – report SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “We just had to see how things worked out,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said in November when the team said it was parting ways with Anthony. “And the way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game, and he was trying to make the necessary sacrifices and it wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us. It just wasn’t a fit.”Anthony is a 10-time All-Star who has averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his career. He was the No. 3 pick in the star-studded 2003 draft class that also included No. 1 LeBron James, No. 4 Chris Bosh and No. 5 Dwyane Wade.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Consumers to be able to dispute information held by the credit bureau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 10, 2018 – Nassau – Consumers will have the right to dispute information held by the credit bureau that they perceive to be inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date in a timely and low cost manner, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest while introducing the Credit Reporting Bill in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, January 31, 2018.The DPM said the objective of the Credit Reporting Bill is to facilitate the effective supervision of the credit reporting sector and the efficient operation of a credit bureau.He noted that databases containing information relevant to making credit decisions, such as credit histories, personal data and other information on borrowers, represent a great concentration of power; so the impact of misleading information, misuse or mishandling of information or erroneous information is potentially damaging to individuals.  That is why there will be avenues for consumers should any issues or problems arise.DPM Turnquest said, “The Data Protection Commissioner, appointed pursuant to the Data Protection (Privacy of Personal Information) Act, 2003 has responsibility for enforcing the provisions of that Act with respect to protecting the personal data of individuals and it is proposed that the Data Protection Commissioner’s powers and responsibilities be extended to protecting consumers’ rights with respect to disputed credit reporting information.”By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Quantum theory may explain why jokes are funny

first_imgWhy was 6 afraid of 7? Because 789. Whether this pun makes you giggle or groan in pain, your reaction is a consequence of the ambiguity of the joke. Whether we find puns and jokes funny can be predicted using quantum theory, say scientists who are developing a mathematical model that can help decode the complexity of humour.Aiming to answer the question of what kind of formal theory is needed to model the cognitive representation of a joke, researchers suggest that a quantum theory approach might be a contender. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers at University of British Columbia in Canada outlined a quantum inspired model of humour.This new approach may succeed at a more nuanced modelling of the cognition of humour and lead to the development of a full-fledged, formal quantum theory model of humour, researchers said.This initial model was tested in a study where participants rated the funniness of verbal puns, as well as the funniness of variants of these jokes (eg. the punchline on its own, the set-up on its own). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results indicate that apart from the delivery of information, something else is happening on a cognitive level that makes the joke as a whole funny whereas its deconstructed components are not, and which makes a quantum approach appropriate to study this phenomenon.For decades, researchers from a range of different fields have tried to explain the phenomenon of humour and what happens on a cognitive level in the moment when we “get the joke”.This is the first time that a quantum theory approach has been suggested as a way to better understand the complexity of humour, researchers said. Previous computational models of humour have suggested that the funny element of a joke may be explained by a word’s ability to hold two different meanings (bisociation), and the existence of multiple, but incompatible, ways of interpreting a statement or situation (incongruity).During the build-up of the joke, we interpret the situation one way, and once the punch line comes, there is a shift in our understanding of the situation, which gives it a new meaning and creates the comical effect.However, researchers said that it is not the shift of meaning, but rather our ability to perceive both meanings simultaneously, that makes a pun funny.This is where a quantum approach might be able to account for the complexity of humour in a way that earlier models cannot.”Quantum formalisms are highly useful for describing cognitive states that entail this form of ambiguity,” said Liane Gabora from the University of British Columbia.”Funniness is not a pre-existing ‘element of reality’ that can be measured; it emerges from an interaction between the underlying nature of the joke, the cognitive state of the listener, and other social and environmental factors,” said Gabora.The research was published in the journal Frontiers in Physics.last_img read more

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