aphyer said "I wouldn't be willing to play Tic-Tac-Toe with this AI for the fate of the human race," not that he wouldn't be willing to play Tic-Tac-Toe with the thing. It beating you at Tic-Tac-Toe doesn't change anything, your incentives to let it out haven't shifted (unless you're a dedicated student of Tic-Tac-Toe eager to learn from the AI).
1) As a young man I spent some time jumping back and forth between being single and being in a relationship. Both states felt stable, like two distinct equilibria.
2) Also as a young man I had friends who pursued higher education and friends who didn't; then there were those who alternated between the two states, once or twice or more. Perhaps not the best example because college is not an ending state but a beginning stage.
3) I'm reminded of the first two lines in "All My Love" by Led Zeppelin: "should I drop out of my farmer life / to chase a feather in the wind". Both states, farming and being a merry gypsy traveler are states of equilibrium, in their own way....
All of my examples are similar, I know. The first thing that struck me upon reading the post was the human aspect of this concept, how a person's life can have more than one equilibrium, depending on your starting position and trajectory. Bonus below:
1) She breaks up with me! Or vice versa. Or I'm walking down Grosvenor Square and a girl catches my eye, with bells on her fingers and rings on her shoes. That may set my ball rolling toward the hypothetical equilibrium of her arms. I might as well try.
2) COVID-19 pushes classes online and a struggling student decides he should take the leap into the professional world instead of the academic.
3) I think Robert Plant was singing about something similar to my answer for number 1).
I found this amazing story by searching on LW "Terence McKenna." It's obviously also inspired by Alan Watts, or at least the same things that inspired him. Lovely metaphor, with "getting out of the car."
You say women do not have testosterone; they do. 0.5 to 2.4 nmol/L, specifically.