Canalization in human learning agents

Thinking now what made sense then

Perhaps one reason we do complicated things naïvely is that we do not notice when circumstances change. Perhaps many of our maladaptive feelings are ones we formed for a different world. Is canalaization an important concept for meditation?


See also the problem of growing up.


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