Cybernetica Mesopotamica

a Balzan Foundation research project directed by

Giorgio Buccellati
Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati


Deputy Director: Federico Buccellati


     The culture of Mesopotamia is a broken tradition: there are no living carriers for it, in fact there have not been any for over two millennia.
     Recovering this culture, as it stands behind the brokenness, has been a great scholarly endeavor for some two centuries now, and very successfully so.
     Digitality is adding a new dimension to this research. Here we present our approach which sees us engaged in two different tasks: the documentary record of primary data and the hermeneutic effort at making sense of it.
     In the process, we are developing a theory of the website as a new epistemic system, one that rivals the introduction of language and of writing in offering multiple concurrent avenues for the implemen-tation of critical thought.
     This website serves as a hub where all these various websites are introduced in their individual specificity and overall coherence.
     The Balzan research project is the culmination of a long gestation period and it allows us to bring to fruition a number projects that were aiming, in parallel ways, towards a unified end goal. These projects are now put in sharper focus and finalized through the recognition and the requirements of the Foundation.

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