Dynamical Context

Cognition generally described are coupled dynamical systems nested between, nervous system and body – body and brain – brain and environment. — Randell D. Beer

We might imagine every word as representing a discrete dynamical system. All systems draw upon the environment and then give back to it, thus participating in an ecology of dynamical systems  (The Dynamical Context)

An Action Based Theory of Context

Unpacking words with word-sensibility analysis begins with a distinction in the contextualizing of word sense.

A Situational Context is the communicative ability to present or understand the objective circumstances in which an event occurs and will sometimes include the appropriate behaviors associated with it.

We introduce the idea of a Dynamical Context which is something different and can be summarized as follows:

  • Dynamical Context: a situation resonates with a preexisting psychology, a predetermined expectation for behavior within that situation, and produces a synergy response, reshaped for the moment.
  • Dynamical Contextual Systems: characterized by the potential for multiple dynamic areas and interactions between them.

Why call it a dynamical context and not just a dynamic context?

The term is used to distinguish between two basic types of context. 

In theory, a dynamic context communicates the changes of a situation. It refers to the changes belonging to the situational context, while dynamical context concerns self regulating systems, of a multi-organizational dynamic system, relaying responsive contexts. To put it all together,  the dynamic context communicates the clear changes in a situation while the dynamical context communicates a system’s apt-responses to the changes in a situation.

  • With situational contexts, dynamics are about variability.  
  • With dynamical contexts, dynamics are about homeostasis. 
  • Changes are key, but our use of the word dynamical implies complex systems; nonlinear dynamic systems or systemicity. (The systemicity principle regards phenomena as a single whole, the individual properties of which cannot be deducted from their fragments or parts. The entire approach is dominated by the logic of homogeneity, synthesis, mutual transfers and mutual inclusions. Systemicity refers to the systemic nature of complex systems comprised of, or containing multiple sub-systems, like a society or ecosystem.) A Reciprocity. 

Context and Duel Ontology:

As stated, we use the terms dynamical and dynamic to distinguish between classes of context that derive from changes in situations. This distinction is important because we are basically/essentially talking about two different ontologies; the objective ontology specifying a situational context and the subjective ontology specifying a dynamical context. The dynamical context term also aims to imply dynamical systems. A dynamical system is a system in which a function describes the time dependence of a point in a phase space where the states of the system are represented. A dynamical system is a good way to describe the changes that occur in a responsive system. The aim is to help bridge a connection between subjective and objective ontologies. In our approach, we aim to develop an ecological perspective using dynamical systems in a way that generally describes this relationship.

Non-linear systems represent the Dynamical context. A non-linear system is when change of the output is not proportional to the change of the input. 

  • The non-linear relationship begins between the agent and its environment. There is no real one to one relationship. For example, if there is a dangerous situation most of us would run away from it while a first responder or a soldier will run to it. It may depend on the intention of the agent among other things. An agent’s orientation to a given situation is rarely linear in response.  

Word-Sensibility: The Dynamical Context
A dynamical context orients an agent. It is that which predicts the coherent bias with another.
In Theory, Coherent Bias is a State People Share to Exchange a Sense of Like Minded Anticipation to Orient a Communication. 

An Analogy for the Dynamical Context Substrate 

A Perception-Action Cycle: The conventional thought is that input stimuli streams go to the central processor and then outputs of action occur. With Corollary Discharge, there are two inputs, one signal from the outer world and the other signal from the motor-sensory actions. There are two signals to be compared by the central processor. This provides stability for the organism. Word-Sensibility systems borrow from this kind of architecture. 

The Analogy:  Word-sensibility is like Reafference. The Dynamical Context is like an  Efference Copy. The situational context is the world. This input stream brings relevant stimuli. The central processor is like a comparator.  

General areas of research: Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science and Model-Based Reasoning. Pivotal interests include: Enactivism, Embodied Cognition, Radical Embodied Cognition, Ecological Psychology, Cognitive Linguistics, Embodied Language Processing, Cognitive Poetics, Process Philosophy, Intersubjectivity, Phenomenology, Cybernetics, Systematics, Semiotics and Umwelt. The goal is an ecological systems perspective on commonsense awareness for Computational Lexicography & Ontology for AI.