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The Sphynx's new riddle: How to relate the canonical formula of myth to quantum interaction
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We introduce Claude Lévi Strauss' canonical formula (CF), an attempt to rigorously formalise the general narrative structure of myth. This formula utilises the Klein group as its basis, but a recent work draws attention to its natural quaternion form, which opens up the possibility that it may require a quantum inspired interpretation. We present the CF in a form that can be understood by a non-anthropological audience, using the formalisation of a key myth (that of Adonis) to draw attention to its mathematical structure. The future potential formalisation of mythological structure within a quantum inspired framework is proposed and discussed, with a probabilistic interpretation further generalising the formula.

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Springer , 2013.
Keyword [en]
mythology, Bloch sphere, quantum probability theory
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Information Studies Discrete Mathematics
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7000Local ID: 2320/12514OAI: diva2:887707
7th International Quantum Interaction Conference, Leicester, United Kingdom
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