Toward a Quantum Theory of Humor

  title={Toward a Quantum Theory of Humor},
  author={Liane Gabora and Kirsty Kitto},
  journal={Frontiers in Physics},
This paper proposes that cognitive humour can be modelled using the mathematical framework of quantum theory, suggesting that a Quantum Theory of Humour (QTH) is a viable approach. We begin with brief overviews of both research on humour, and the generalized quantum framework. We show how the bisociation of incongruous frames or word meanings in jokes can be modelled as a linear superposition of a set of basis states, or possible interpretations, in a complex Hilbert space. The choice of… 

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