Section Ten

10. Final Thoughts & Summary

(1) perception consists in perceptually guided action and (2) cognitive structures emerge from the recurrent sensorimotor patterns that enable action to be perceptually guided.

— Francisco J. Varela, Evan Thompson, Eleanor Rosch, The Embodied Mind;  Cognitive Science and Human Experience, MIT Press 1991

The Approach:

The word-sensibility approach pertains to a dynamical systems description of a society of organisms who divide between members many organismic interactions and responses of ‘the_individual’ to the environment that, in its affect, produces the seeds of communication, ritual, culture and self identity.

  • Human communication is about sharing general spheres of responsiveness.

Action Based Theory of Context:

The Cycle: environments form the systems for the agent to form relations. Concepts are a byproduct of the interaction between an agent and its environment. The primary product is context from which the concepts emerge. This forms the contextual ecosystems that drives one’s responsiveness.

  •  An action based theory of context includes empathy and mind reading.
  • The concept of affordance is borrowed to refer to apt motivated conditions. 
  • These lead the agent’s virtual responsive-action on nested layers of context.

The Dynamical Context:

It might seem that the dynamical context provides an understanding of the situational context. However, we suggest that this is not quite right, or even backwards. It’s better to say that the dynamical context seeks predictions for itself, not for the situational context found in the text. The situational context imparts the environment that the dynamical context aims to predict.

  • Predicting external actions and consequences for self. See bottom of page.

Word-sensibility is less about objective cognitive attitudes and more about the affective and conative attitudes that likely shape its relational dynamics.

  • A dynamical context determines how a situational context is experienced.

Where word sense is about the intended meaning of a word to describe the situational context, the word-topic is about the responses that anchor the dynamical context to the “environment” that the situational context reveals.

The Database:

An objection to a method like this is the idiosyncratic nature of developing orientations. However we believe this may be a strength in the long run. Orientations create biases that allows systems to generalize. Each word is well defined and — each word has a contextual responsiveness. Topical interoperability is the ability for a system to share or reject the orientations of other systems i.e., the coherent bias between systems based on performance.

  • Word-sensibility is about sharing dynamic general-relevant orientations.

Review Important Points:

  • The system does not represent understandings — it represents responses.
  • Dynamical contexts have no truth conditions without situational contexts.
  • Dynamical context anchors the elements found in the structures of the text.
  • Inhibiting and debugging methods are necessary in the system’s processes.
  • The aim is to represent the human ability to create and share viewpoints.

System Summary: Environments are a place for our responses and our responses are a place for our words. The purpose of word-sensibility is to identify responsive units and model how they dynamically unitize, organize and interact in/as contextual ecosystems. The theoretical focus on context is more about word-level concepts then it is about sentence-level concepts and generally inspired by the views of enactivism. The aim is to intervene with a notion of words as systems of dynamical context. The word-sensibility model is proposed as a way to illustrate an ecological systems perspective on contextual responsiveness. Theoretically, it models a way to facilitate an exchange of orientation so to share normative type information with others.

  • We suggest, that a reciprocal relationship between a dynamical context and a situational context renders a responsiveness a word-sensibility orientation.

We aim to begin tests on the data system in the near future. The goal here is to introduce the basic ideas. Continued focus is on; wiki/acquisition and API.