The mind-body-world system
Mind, body, and world commuicate vast amounts of information to one another across wide-bandwidth channels—so much so that they are integrated into a single system.
For example, as a person drives to San Jose, his or her mind doesn't operate like a classical symbol system, solving problems by communicating comparatively tiny instructions at narrow-bandwidth tranducers. In a trip to San Jose, the brain, the fingers and road are in constant wide-bandwidth "collaboration" acting as a single integrated system.


  • Haugeland supports his view by citing Dreyfus (see "The Body is Essential to Human Intelligence" Box 96), Gibson (see Affordances are Features of the Environment" Box 114), and Brooks (see sidebar, "Postulates of Subsumption Architecture" on this map).
  • Haugeland also argues, with some help from Brooks, that the mind-body-world systerm does not use classical representations. Therefore, Haugeland's argument also disputes "The Representationalist Assumption."
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The mind-body-world system
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