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  1. Humor in its general form can be described as creating a non-standard, but rather logical connection between concepts/entities. For example, a banal joke with throwing a cake in the face creates a connection between the cake and the face, which was not provided for by the cake manufacturer, but the face is included in the cake very organically.

    I specifically took an example of not the most intellectual humor to show humor in a general way. For educated people, putting a face in a cake is not funny, since such a connection of entities has long ceased to be original, and many people's upbringing does not allow them to enjoy jokes that humiliate someone's human dignity.

    If we talk about examples of good humor, then in them the connections are really original. To come up with (and understand) such jokes, you need to have the ability to think outside the box, to get out of the usual patterns.

    Erudition is also important — that is, the amount of knowledge about various entities of the surrounding world. The more entities and concepts we know, the more opportunities we have to link them together. For example, you can give jokes that are understandable only to people who are united by a common type of activity (“physicists joke”). Everyone else is just not familiar with the entities (or their properties) that are mentioned in such jokes.

    The funniest jokes are usually those that contain only a hint of a non-standard connection, which can only be understood by drawing a logical chain of conclusions based on what you have heard. A person who utters such a joke often runs a risk — listeners may not be able to follow too long a logical chain (they may not understand the joke), and a too short one may seem banal and not particularly funny.

    To summarize the above: a person with a good sense of humor has unconventional thinking, good erudition and developed logic. Whether this means “high level of intelligence” — you can decide for yourself.

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