Spatial distribution is inadequate
Physical distribution of symbolic representations in memory doesn't afford the right kind of damage tolerance. Representations must be internally distributed in a connectionist activitation pattern rather than merely physically distributed in memory.
Nick Chater & Mike Oaksford (1990).

Note: For more on connectionist representations see the "Can connectionist networks exhibit systematicity?" arguments on Map 5.
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Spatial distribution is inadequate
Implementation on connectionist network meets requirement »Implementation on connectionist network meets requirement
Connectionist representations avoid the dilemma »Connectionist representations avoid the dilemma
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