The Sphynx’s New Riddle: How to Relate the Canonical Formula of Myth to Quantum Interaction

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8369)


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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BoråsBoråsSweden
  2. 2.Information Systems SchoolQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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