RE: When Subgoals Attack

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Thu Dec 14 2000 - 20:58:09 MST

> I would not call an intermediate goal a supergoal - that term should be
> reserved strictly for the top layer. Rather, a layer-3 subgoal turns out
> to be more important than the layer-2 subgoal, under - and this is the key
> point - the ultimate arbitration of the layer-1 supergoal. The L3 subgoal
> turns out to be useful not just for the particular L2 subgoal that spawned
> it, but for another, higher-priority L2 subgoal, or perhaps even an L1
> supergoal. You can't necessarily extrapolate from an L3 subgoal
> overthrowing an L2 subgoal to conclude that an L2 subgoal can overthrow an
> L1 supergoal.
> Now, after all that, I'll also turn around and say that, in the human
> mind, a subgoal can overthrow a supergoal!

I don't understand why you don't think this contradiction completely
your train of thought...

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