"the human mind is a battleground of higher level goals and lower level goals "
— Marvin Minsky paraphrasing Sigmund Freud
I argue that in general human agents try to maximise a hierarchy of performance measures.
performance measures of humans
Survival of genetic data
Energy supply and Water
Mysterious mental mechanisms which neuroscientists do not understand yet force the average human agent to maximise various evaluation metrics.
With the overarching goal of survival of genetic information. Successful genes are immortal. We are still under the yoke of an ancient genetic algorithm.
These measures are optimised throughout a humans life time. A 30 year old agent is better at survival than a 10 year old agent. A 30 year old agent makes fewer mistakes.
We remember our mistakes. Mistakes are burned into our memory by high levels of neurotransmitters (and reinforcing of synapses) so we don't make them again.
We attempt to optimise a swarm of subgoals that are all connected in one way or another to the main goal gene survival.