An Action Based Theory of Context

Draft

Higher order theory of consciousness is actually…  you know, what we think about as consciousness is our attention to our own experience instead of attention to the world.

— Anthony Chemero

Toward an action based theory of context.

  • The situational context recalls understandings.
  • The dynamical context instinctively responds.

Word-Sensibility Responsiveness; is about attending the experience of attending interacting in the world rather then attending the world directly. One’s unattended dynamic sense can also influence a contextual response.

The Premise: How are concepts produced? If we answer simply, we might say that an agent responds to a world in which it is motivated by goals. The actions required to execute those goals may become concepts. How does that produce concepts? Consider an image, a circle with 3 blobs in it —  2 on top, 1 on the bottom. This motivates us because its an iconic symbol of the human face. There is instinctive motivation to interact with other humans.

The response to it produces the concept of a face. It may be a bowling ball because there is motivation to interact with bowling balls. It is equally both. The image remains ambiguous until a motivated interaction responds to it; a repurposed response to perceive the concept. What if you hate bowling? The motivated interaction is projected and doesn’t apply to desiring the interaction, it applies to perceiving the motivation behind the interaction.

It is a form of mind reading repurposed to perceive concepts. For humans, motivated interaction is not just perceived for one’s self but also for others. Concepts are abstracted to make them easy to share. The concept is not important but motivations and interactions are. Human concepts are a product of our intense cooperation. Concepts are based on an action based theory of context. Animals, wild minds certainly produce basic concepts of motivated interaction mostly limited to their own minds. Concepts are a byproduct of the interaction between an agent and its environment. The primary product is the context from which the concept emerges. This is the basic idea for the word-sensibility database, contextual ecosystems. The environment forms the system of concepts for the agent to form relations.

  • 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.

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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.