Mesopotamia
The Land of the Four River Banks

Surface structure: configuration

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Giorgio Buccellati – April 2021


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The notion of website
The sense of the whole
Segmentation
Surface and deep structure
Poetry

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The notion of website

     I focus on the notion of a website as an ideal epistemological instrument, i. e., a channel for conveying knowledge. It is an ideal vehicle to this end first and foremost because it allows us to combine the two systems relating to data and argument in ways that are not possible in the paper format.
     Websites are so ubiquitous nowadays that it may seem pointless ot inquire about its nature and structure. But too facile an acceptance of what a website purports to be has led, in my view, to an underappreciation of its potential for scholarly communication. The present discussion is intended to bear this out.

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The sense of the whole

     The configuration as outlined aims to underscore the fact that each individual website is conceived as a compositional whole. This is a fundamental principle that is not generally observed.
https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/the-gestalt-principle-design-theory-for-web-designers--webdesign-1756

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Segmentation

     Segmentation is not only graphic, it is conceptual in nature, for two main resasons.
     (1) hyperlinks lead to segments
     (2) dynamic open aggregate (see modalities)
constituetns work in both modalities
segmentation vs. verbosity -- skipping or skimming also in the analog modality
see sequentilaity and linearity


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Poetry

     The ultimate achievement of poetry is that it refuses segmentation. Yes, there may be a verse that stands out and that we carry in memory as particularly evocative. But ultimately every "piece," i.e., every word or segment of a poem, whether articulated metrically (as with verses) or not, is in absolute need of all the other pieces. That is the supreme beauty of authentic poetry, the sense of explosion one receives when everything blends into an illuminating unity.
     It is useful to mention poetry in this context because of the light it sheds on the notion of segmentation in relationship to the whole.
relationship to artificial intelligence
Poetry is a whole (whether a sonnet or a large architectural complex such as Dante's Comedy) which emerges whole
triumph of the whole
relatioship to words
unified vision exported to words
cannot be rephrased, whereas an argument can


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