Artificial Culture: Experiments in Synthetic Anthropology
A Mission Statement

Exploring artificially evolved multiagent worlds through computer simulations provides new insight into describing, understanding and explaining the complex causal web of biological and cultural processes that make us human. These massively parallel reflexive interactions have remained largely intractable to discursive and mathematical models. This project extends the trajectory that began with artificial life and artificial society towards a creative and critical practice of artificial culture. It embraces an evolutionary and computational epistemology, explores the envelopes of possibility for alternative counterfactual worlds, and experiments with "what-if" scenarios for explaining worlds around us. It focuses on the emergence of distributed cultural cognition, the rich intermediation between humans and their technologies. It investigates the dynamic interplay among cultural-things-that-think.