Section Three

3. The Machine: An Ecological Systems Perspective

“The organism’s environment is the sense it makes of the world. This environment is a place of significance and valence, as a result of the global action of the organism.”

— Evan Thomson

The Quadranym Model of Word-Sensibility:

A quadranym represents a unit of context. See: Dynamical Context.

Our aim is to generalize the dynamic sense of environmental interaction. The responsiveness of quadranyms to situations are virtual adaptations to the environment. Consider different responses for the responsiveness of x.

  • x = {<I, will, know, as_soon, as_I, walk, through, the_door>}

Textual elements are parsed into units of context (see chart below).

  1. Multiple responsive layers are on the vertical (hierarchy).
  2. Features of each layer are on the horizontal (quadranyms).

(Note: Units connect together to form scripts and nest together to form layers.)

Quadranyms nest in a hierarchical order with sorted portions of the text i.e., responsive layers are motivated by virtual environmental interaction.

  • The chart illustrates global relations and a matrix for weighted values.

Example: A System of Orientation

Quadranyms are Virtual Responsive Units Layered in a Hierarchical Order.

Word-Topic (global)
Expand         (y axis)
Reduce     (x axis)
Object (coordinates)
Subject (zeropoint)
1-Space {through}
infinite finite between void
2-Time {as_I, will, as_soon} future past event present
3- Agent {I,} active passive goal self
4- Mental {know}
unknown known knowable knower
5- Locomotion {walk} move stay place position
6-Door {the_door}
open close barrier passage

Examples of Additional Quadranyms for Additional (spatial) Layers: 

Topic=Ground E=up R=down O=surface S=gravity
Topic=Distance E=far R=near O=relation S=position
Topic=Through E=out R=in O=exit S=enter

Sorting Textual Elements to Features: (Details are in the data preparation.)

Textual elements sort to quadranyms tagged for their word-topic feature such as, spatial, temporal, agent, mental, locomotion (i.e., realms or domains).

  • Realms are subsets of domains e.g. domain = space > realm = door.

The general description of the process is as follows: The textual elements proceed to correspond with the features of the word-topics that proceed to correspond to one another. Furthermore, hierarchical structure form on these relationships such that the relevant circumstances of the situational context are embedded in the spatial and temporal paradigms of the system.

  • The text’s situational context sorts into the system’s dynamical context.


  • The database provides nested systems used to form realms or domains.

Spatial States: void is the constant state and between is the variable state.

  • The spatial source-condition is all space, its target-condition is some space.
  • In this hierarchy, space is the acting domain-system over all occurrent layers.
  • Door is a realm-system that normally layers within the space domain system.

(Note: Realms nest in domains. Any word can be a domain or a realm.)

Weighted Target Value e.g., [Spatial target: door  Source: Space: Between]

Quadranym: Door

E = expand: open
  O = object: barrier
  N = Topic Name: door
S = subject: passage
  R = reduce: close

A Quadranym Entry Field Example

A responsive agent requires an environment as its primary affordance.

  • Word-Topic Prime = Space: (quadranym superset FOR string)
  • Hierarchical Terms: (multiple quadranym subsets FOR string)

Responsiveness responds to being in a space. A space is the condition where responses enact over a time period. A layer is a spatial-temporal respondent.

  • Layers nest virtual spatial-temporal units of reference (i.e., quadranyms).

Quadranym Template: (Prime Dimensions)

  • Mode: expand (expansive sense FOR string)*
  • Mode: reduce (reductive sense FOR string)*
  • State: object (objective sense FOR string)*
  • State: subject (subjective sense FOR string)*

*(Word-Sensibility’s Four Prime Adjectives for Describing Sense)

(Note: There is no real subjective and objective distinction in the hierarchical structure. Mental attributes and environmental attributes are nested layers in a single global system. The distinction is in quadranyms and is temporal and local.)

  • Modes: Homeostatic measure for responses.
  • States: Source and target conditions.

Together, modes and states form spatial-temporal units (i.e., responsive unit).

  • Units represent attention to prior experiences of interaction with the world and do not represent direct current experience. Units are virtual experiences.

Each quadranym is a response from a particular self perspective. It adds up to a general responsiveness. Quadranyms are like neural reference frames.

  • At its core, word-sensibility is that which prescribes internal and external distinctions to responsive units. That is, it aims to model an agent’s internal responses to external occurrences at different nested levels in the system.

When sorting is complete, we say that the dynamical context is coupled to the situational context.  Next, textual elements find orientation in each unit.