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fig.23—cross­-cut correlations yield imperfect information   

 To compare the verbal modalities of fig.21 to sensory modalities (or ‘modal senses’) in fig.23, we apply horizontal and vertical slicing to qualitative quantities—that is, adjective­-constrained nouns:


Both criteria sets map to environmental topography and anatomical topology. Split vertically we find ‘upper’ senses of sight and sound span great distances, while ‘lower’ senses of taste and touch require close proximity to make contact. Split horizontally both sounds and tastes unfold across specific intervals of time, while sight and touch persist in space across any interval of time

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“Coming to grips with our own special cognitive nature demands that we take very seriously the material reality of language [...] in our internal and external environment. From sounds in the air to inscriptions on the printed page [...] our cognitive relation to our own words and language (both as individuals and as a species) defies any simple logic of inner versus outer.”—Andy Clark 2008

 The advancement of cognitive neuroscience creates opportune challenges for psychologists and philosophers alike. Many note, like Clark, that the “simple logic” of absolute dichotomy fails to address the problems posed by and in the languages that perfuse “our internal and external environment.” Our visuospatial situation sets us on the earth immediately beneath our feet as we gaze out across intermediate light­-years. Mentally compressing massive spans, we inscribe persistent records of our time here. Conversely, our fleeting temporal intervals grant us speech, music and song. Even a simple two­-variable slice can reveal how our multi-modular language spans a dynamic range of cross-modal experience.

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