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MrMind comments on Attractor Theory: A Model of Minds and Motivation - Less Wrong Discussion

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Comment author: MrMind 20 March 2017 04:39:39PM 0 points [-]

I don't see how Attractor Theory explains global modifications of preference. For instance:

the set of things that feel desirable to me after running a marathon may differ greatly from the set of things after I read a book

might be true but it's not warranted by a simple model of an attractor, which modifies only your local preferences.

Also, why use the term 'attractor', which has a very specific connotation? Does the concept conveys differences that aren't alreay covered by a well of potential?

Comment author: lifelonglearner 20 March 2017 09:25:39PM 0 points [-]

Yes, if I gave that impression, I apologize. I don't think that this does a good job of modeling global preference modifications.

I'm not well versed with the idea of potential in this context, so from my mindset, "attractor" seemed like the best term. Do you mean potential in the electrical sense? (The short answer here is that I'm not well-versed in domain knowledge.)

Comment author: MrMind 21 March 2017 08:07:05AM 1 point [-]

Yes, potential as used in physics: a quantity spreaded in space which gradient determines force (electric potential is just one the three potential in nature).

Comment author: lifelonglearner 21 March 2017 04:54:37PM 0 points [-]

Ah, got it. Thanks!