Friday, September 8, 2023

IPI lecture - Prof. Andrei Khrennikov, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Our next IPI Lecture will be on Saturday, 16th of September at 15.00 London time. 

Title: Modelling social lasing by using the mathematical formalism of quantum theory

Abstract: During the last years our society was permanently disturbed by the coherent information waves of high amplitudes. These are waves of huge social energy. Often, they are of the destructive character, a kind of information tsunami. But they can carry as well positive improvements in the human society, as waves of decision making matching rational recommendations of societal institutes. The main distinguishing features of these waves are their high amplitude, coherence (homogeneous character of social actions generated by them), and short time needed for their generation and relaxation.

We show that such social phenomenon can be modelled on the basis of the recently developed social laser theory [1-4]. This theory can be used to model stimulated amplification of coherent social actions. ``Actions” are treated very generally, from mass protests to votes and other collective decisions, as, e.g., acceptance (often unconscious) of some societal recommendations. We point to the main distinguishing features of the modern society simplifying social lasing:

a)   transformation of humans into social atoms - loss of individuality and increase of indistinguishability;

b) generation by mass-media of powerful information fields leading to information overload of social atoms;

c)  creation of powerful social resonators based on internet Echo Chambers Functioning of internet based social resonators leads to increase of the power of the quantum information field as well as its coherence;

We stress that social laser is a part of the extended project on applications of the formalism of quantum theory outside of physics, quantum-like modelling. This terminology was invented to distinguish this modelling from attempts to reduce human consciousness, cognition, and consequently behavior to genuine quantum physical processes in the brain (e.g., by Ricciardi, Umezawa, Penrose, Hameroff, Vittiello). Nowadays, the mathematical formalism and the methodology of quantum theory are widely used in psychology, decision making, cognitive, social, and political sciences, game theory, economics and finance.

1. Khrennikov, A. (2016). Social laser: Action amplification by stimulated emission of social energy. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc., 374, 20150094.

2. Khrennikov, A. (2018). Social laser model: from color revolutions to Brexit and election of Donald Trump. Kybernetes, 47(2), 273-278.

3. Khrennikov A., Toffano, Z. and Dubois, F. (2019). Concept of information laser: from quantum heory to behavioural dynamics. The European Physical Journal Special Topics}, 227, N. 15-16, 2133-2153.

4. Khrennikov A., (2020). Social Laser. Jenny Stanford Publ., Singapore.

Author: Prof. Andrei Khrennikov

BIO: Andrei Khrennikov is Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics at Linnaeus University. Andrei is also director of the research group International Center for Mathematical Modeling (ICMM) and organizer of some 20 conferences in the field of quantum theory at Linnaeus University.

Prof. Khrennikov has an incredible research profile, consisting of over 1100 articles. He achieved over 19,900 citations to date and he has an h-index of 64.

Prof. Khrennikov leads a number of research groups and multiple on-going research projects. More details could be found on his official web page: 

His most recent books are: Open Quantum Systems in Biology, Cognitive and Social Sciences,, and Social Laser,

16th of September at 15.00 London time. Online ZOOM lecture – a link will be emailed to the IPI members.

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