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attractor

[ə′trak·tər]
(physics)
A geometrical object toward which the trajectory of a dynamical system, represented by a curve in phase space, converges in the course of time.
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The parameters used to produce a system with a point attractor ([x.
We suspect that our [pi], and [omega] used by McCann and Hasting (1997) and Huxel and McCann (1998), work like tuning parameters that eliminate chaos by causing the incommensurate frequencies to coalesce and collapse towards a stable limit cycle or a stable point attractor.
Healthy mental functioning is the point attractor through which social-psychological control is sustained.
Beyond our contention that eliminating difference is toxic to societal growth, we recognize that other factors undermine the logic of the point attractor in medical and psychological control.
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9a is such a plot: the lower equilibrium in this case is chaotic, the upper equilibrium is a focal point attractor (damped oscillations), and the middle point is unstable and marks a point on the separatrix between the two basins of attraction (illustrated in this example by a dotted line).
Thus, organic structures on all scales are fixed point attractors, stable or metastable configurations that emerge from less highly organized systems by processes of growth and evolution.