An attractor defines a stable system (S1). This includes, but is not exhausted by, the system’s relationship to its Environment, i.e. the exchange of energy and information to keep up its System Boundary.
An Affordance is a relational property of both the system and its environment and thus an emergent property of the larger system (S2) that is made up of S1 and (parts of its) environment.
Therefore, an affordance for S1 is
- an actual property (part of the configuration) of S2 and thus part of its Attractor;
- a dispositional property of both S1 and its environment and thus a possible “contributor” to an attractor (change) of S1 on a certain level of description.