....I thought so.
Some signs are easy to read, a parable of signs and wonders, some of the dry bones that can be its structure:
"Male and female laugh patterns suggest that laughter may be a factor in meeting, matching, and mating. Among young German adults, Grammer and Eibl-Eibesfeldt (1990) observed that the more a woman laughed during an encounter, the greater was her self-reported interest in the man to whom she was talking. In the same vein, men were most interested in women who laughed in their presence. The laughter of the female, not the male, is most predictive of a promising relationship. But not all laughter is equally effective. Bachorowski and Owren (2001) found that voiced laughs make a more positive impression than unvoiced grunts or pants. In an analysis of 3,745 personal ads from eight major U.S. newspapers (Provine, 2000), females were more likely than males to indicate they were seeking a “sense of humor,” whereas men were more likely to offer it. However, women seeking men with a “good sense of humor” are probably looking not for giggly guys, but rather for men who make them laugh, perhaps dominant males. At your next social gathering, observe laugh patterns. Females laugh most in the presence of men whom they find attractive or interesting.
These laughter patterns are particularly revealing because laughter is spontaneous and relatively uncensored, thus showing our true feelings. Laughter, like crying, is difficult to produce on command and, therefore, is an honest signal. We cannot deliberately activate the brain’s mechanism for affective expression laughter is an unplanned response to social, cognitive, and linguistic cues."
(Laughing, Tickling, and the Evolution of Speech and Self
By Robert R. Provine
Current Directions in Psychological Science
Volume 13 Issue 6, December 2004 :216)
You have to separate out the mythological narratives of naturalism that the testy testers sometimes begin to do their story telling with. Later, this testy tester begins to do some storytelling about the breath of life that may need some deconstruction. Some of the things he says seem to need a good satire.
There are valid observations mixed in, sans the storytelling. So there are some valid observations there. After all, "...voiced laughs" really do "make a more positive impression than unvoiced grunts or pants." Ergo, don't go around grunting or panting at people, so write that down.
I wonder if I can prove each sign in that parable and validate my observations or add some new ones. For I am an observant observer, almost like those cold toads who are such testy testers, yet not.
What will be observed is predictable, given some basic patterns,
"....females were more likely than males to indicate they were seeking a “sense of humor,” whereas men were more likely to offer it. However, women seeking men with a “good sense of humor” are probably looking not for giggly guys, but rather for men who make them laugh...."
The sensuous wants to be sensed, men desire women and women desire to be desired. A sense of the humors is the same thing again. Sometimes to have a laugh, you have to make a laugh.
Men in a decadent society begin to lack a sense of the sensuous and they need more raw sensuality. Women want to be sensed and so they supply more sensuality. For that is the only way to be sensed, is it not? Everyone wants what they want and so that is the only way.
Or is it? At any rate, there is the decline of civilization, in a summary of the basic relations that make it up. From dawn(Sense) to decadence (sense and sensuality) to dissolution (the crass and crude)....