Captain McBain wrote:
I think Data has a natural aptitude for mathematics because that's the way Soong designed him. Just like humans cannot do things which their brains will not allow, neither can Data do something his creator didn't intend (understand humor, etc.).
What kind of things can humans not do because of our brains?
And, if you ask me, deliberately not giving Data a sense of humor would be very cruel.
Humans cannot understand the infinite, at least not completely. We can only comprehend finite notions.
It's cruel to you because you have a sense of humor and know what it's like. But Data never had one and so doesn't long for one or miss having one. That's just the way he was designed.