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Ternary Analysis

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Informal terns—such as 'industrial revolution'

As well as the rigorously defined terns, Ternality Theory also allows for informal terns, which illuminate some well-known concepts by showing that they do have a ternary character.

An example is the concept of an 'industrial revolution'. Historically speaking, the introduction of machinery has brought a shift in the kinds of work that human beings typically do, and also in the composition of the kinds of work that remain.

The first industrial revolution

The first industrial revolution began with the development of power sources for primary machinery. Human beings could therefore begin to hand over this component of their work to machines.

The second industrial revolution

The development of computers is often described as the 'second industrial revolution', and the parallel is remarkably close. New information-handling machinery allowed human beings to hand over this component of their work as well.

Could there be a third?

These thoughts naturally lead to the consideration of whether some advance in the mechanisation of the processing of imparity will lead to analogous tertiary developments. It may well be that this kind of processing can be achieved only by living beings. In the meantime, we must continue to use human beings to provide that particular component of work.

So the possible informal tern of industrial revolution is so far incomplete, but can be taken as an example of the way in which the Principle of Ternality can lead to heuristic productivity, by suggesting new concepts and lines of enquiry.

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