Constituents lack causal powers
The parts of a tensor product representation are not explicitly contained or "tokened" within it—the parts have no independent status in the complex representation. As such, tensor product constituents lack individual causal powers.
Classical constituents by contrast, have causal powers by virtue of being explicitly contained in complex representations.

Jerry Fodor & Brian McLaughlin (1990).
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