Section Three

3. The Machine: An Ecological Systems Perspective

“But, actually, an affordance is neither an objective property nor a subjective property; or it is both if you like. An affordance cuts across the dichotomy of subjective-objective and helps us to understand its inadequacy. It is equally a fact of the environment and a fact of behavior. It is both physical and psychical, yet neither. An affordance points both ways, to the environment and to the observer.”

― James J. Gibson

The Quadranym Model of Word-Sensibility:

Our aim is to generalize the dynamic sense of environmental interaction. The responsiveness of quadranyms to conditions 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 responsive units (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., virtual responsive layers are motivated by environmental interaction.

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

Quadranym Examples: (Virtual Responsive Units)

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-Locomotion {walk} move stay place position
4-Agent {I,}
active passive goal self
5-Mental {know} unknown known knowable knower
6-Door {the_door}
open close barrier passage

Additional units can nest in the structure above such as ground or distance.

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

Above are word-topics from the database as additional respondents.

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).

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.

Pre-Aligned: Columns are pre-tuned in the database (i.e., orientation).

  • 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]

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

Above, Quadranym Entry Field for Door (A Database Word-Topic}

A responsive body 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.

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.