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“If you don’t know why you’re laughing, maybe you shouldn’t be laughing.”


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Robert Lynch is an evolutionary anthropologist who studies laughter as an evolutionary trait.


Robert started doing stand-up comedy because he thought he’d be a fraud if he didn’t make some people laugh.

It’s Funny Because We Think It’s True

Robert Lynch explains why - and acts out - why the truth is so darn funny.

30 Second Science with Robert Lynch

We gave Robert Lynch 30 seconds to tell us about his work as an evolutionary anthropologist. It turns out, a case of the giggles can tell us more about ourselves than you might think.

10 Questions for Robert Lynch

What is the funniest word? Who is the funniest comedian? And what does Robert Lynch’s fake laugh sound like?

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About Robert Lynch

Robert Lynch is currently completing his doctorate in Evolutionary Biology at Rutgers University. One of his main areas of study is the evolutionary utility of laughter, i.e. why laughter is so important to the human species. Robert doesn’t just talk and write about laughter, he also creates it as a stand-up comedian in New York City comedy clubs.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.