Threesology Research Journal
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~ The Study of Threes ~

How to break a code:
(assuming there is a code to break)

  • Like a puzzle: using corner or edge pieces first. (Though some pieces may fall out of the container in a wholly or partially attached alignment.)

  • Like identifying a Poker game "Tell": Physical characteristics which precede, occur during or follow a given expression.

  • Like a cryptogram: identifying frequency (of letters, symbols, numbers, sounds such as notes, colors, light/dark sequencing, distance, contour, height, width, breadth, temperature, speed, time interval, etc...) in order to establish a base-line of possible "expression" assumed to represent or be able to represent "vowels", "consonants" and "supra-segmentals" in an effort to identify the specific "language" being used.

  • Is it a language similar to spoken language?
  • Is it a language similar to written language?
  • Is it a language similar to dreams?

  • To artistic expression?
  • To basket weaving/pottery making/sand painting or other forms of "doodling"?
  • To electrical (on/off) properties or electrical circuitry?

  • To fly fishing or a hunting "expedition"?
  • To genetics (and all the varieties of mutation)?
  • To happenstance serendipity (even if called creativity or originality)?

  • To irritable bowel syndrome or other medical instability?
  • To "jack" (or other) prefixing: (Jack knife, Jack up a vehicle, Jacked-up, Jack frost, etc...)

  • To "K + Vowel + N" (3-patterned speech sound postulated by Kim & Keith Salisbury as an ancient pattern existing in all languages... as opposed to the Subject - Object - Verb trimodal language structure)?

  • To love (sex, mating rituals, surrounding cultural mores, etc...)?
  • To mathematics or other symbol-based logic?
  • To memorization (or lack thereof)?

  • To music (or other forms of air pressure... "it sounds good and therefore is sound")?
  • To nature/natural patterns (gravity, temperature, etc...)?
  • To orientation (magnetic, helio- or other trophism, warm/cold, light/dark, pressure, etc...)?

  • To perspective (distance, optical, auditory, gustatory, etc...)?
  • To quantum mechanics (whether or not a billiard ball illustration is used in analogy)?
  • To repetition (or ideas thereof such as reincarnation, respect, revelation, etc...)?

  • To "scientific" stratification (architecture, articulation, scaffolding, webbing, etc...)?
  • To transmission (type, means, mode, method, measure, form, function, mechanical, biological, etc...)?
  • To understanding (actual, sympathetic, empathetic, imagined, museful, misguided, etc.)?

  • To viability (fiscal, physical, statistical, salable, etc...)?
  • To war (combativeness, conflict, sport, etc...)?
  • To wisdom (born of wit, waste, wantonness, etc...)?

  • To xenophobia/paranoia (of family, friends, neighbors, relatives, etc...)
  • To yodelling, public speaking, rantings, etc... (culturally directed loud vocal exhortations)?
  • To zoomorphism/anthropomorphism (—morphism)?

  • To combinations of the above list?
  • Or something for which our present language(s) can not adequately describe???

All professions involve some form of Cryptology. Take for example the role of a Doctor. They attempt to decipher the meaning (cause) behind such cryptic complaints as: "I hurt, I can't sleep, Nothing tastes good," etc... Another example is a vehicle mechanic who likewise tries to decipher the meaning (cause) of such (cryptic) complaints as "I hear a noise, The lights don't work, My car/truck won't start," etc... A third example is a parent who tries to decipher the cryptic behavior of their usually alert and studious child: "They're distracted, Grades are slipping, Forgetful," etc... While the student might be on drugs, have an illness or having joined in a gang, they could also be in love.

Cryptological occurrences that are wide-spread are considered normal and understandable. Circumstances that require training are more difficult. For those instances in which there are no or only sketchy forms of acknowledgement, attempts to analyze divergent forms of information might be alternatively labeled weird, numerology, stupid, idiotic, strange, crazy, or receive less condemnatory references.

I have encountered many people, to whom I have begun a discussion of the "threes" phenomena with, who reflexively respond to a recitation of numerous threes examples with a posture quite reminiscent of defensiveness. As if my list of examples is being perceived as shadow boxing taunts to engage in a tit-for-tat exchange of shoulder slugging that some adolescent boys participate in "for fun". Their attempt at an in-kind reciprocation is to provide other than "threes" examples, typically involving patterns-of-two, seven, or some personal favorite such as thirteen, four or otherwise. When I prompt them to continue with their sparse list, they are usually unable to provide additional examples, customarily since such a conversation is not that which they are accustomed to... whereby they have no practiced ready-made list of examples to provide. It is readily understandable since my own list of threes is a practiced accumulation.

When I make the suggestion that the recurrence of threes or any other numerically identified pattern may have some underlying reason deserving of further scrutiny, most will agree, but never proceed with any additional personalized sentiment. Needless to say to each their own interest. For myself, it is the collecting, sorting, and interpretation of various three-patterned examples.

With the accumulation of hundreds of examples, and the different instances of "code"-related ideas encountered in news articles, movies, and other commentary; I have come to apply the word "code" to my attempts at unraveling what may have precipitated the advent of "threes" in so many subject areas. The usage of such a word as a bit of mystique and intrigue; just enough to tantalize my inner youthful imagination but not too much to cause dismay with the accumulated skepticism of my outer antique-directed adult shell. To me, unraveling the "threes code" is like having come across a pirate's map... no doubt leading to treasures, and all I have to do is decipher the contents sprawled on a page with edges torn, tattered, and smoldering with the fingerprints of those who blazed previous excursions thereof.

While some people like to play solitaire or put puzzles together, I collect and analyze patterns-of-three. Whereas many people cheat while playing solitaire or putting puzzles together because they know the desired end result, I don't know how to cheat at collecting and analyzing threes, even though I have made mistakes. By collecting so many diverse examples of three it is easy to understand the ability to overlook a crucial example that would provide enormous detail to my "code breaking" efforts. And I must add that I sometimes overlook examples because I am so tunnel-vision preoccupied with the examination of one or more other examples in a given subject area. It is what it is.

Some readers might think it rather silly for me to make mention of three-patterned vocal utterances of animals such as dogs barking, crows cawing or crickets chirping; to be included as examples in the treasure hunt. Yet such inclusions enhance the condiment flavoring "fun" because unraveling the "code" permits far ranging imaginative speculations. Each different idea is like a different person providing an interesting variation of a tale... like a group of people sitting around a campfire telling ghost stories. And at least for the moment of telling, I must confess to be gullible enough to believe every word. HA! But seriously, attempts at breaking a code frequently requires creative and even original thinking.

While the mention of hearing a dog bark in a pattern-of-three may not be an original or creative reference, perhaps the suggestion that animals "speak" with accents just as people do, might be labeled such. While I don't think a dog from the West barks like a cowboy spittin' tobacco, and dogs from the South bark like a Southern Gentleman chewing on a cigar, there might nonetheless be regional and "animal life- cultural" variations. For me, this anthropomorphism reminds me of how the usage of regional and occupational vernaculars, not to mention slang, can alter the appearance of an example-of-three... if not the interpretation. The possibility of such an alteration is but another symbol of the (to be deciphered) treasure map's legend.

The funny thing about codes though, is that they can sometimes turn out to be a simplistic "I was here" message, even though the accumulated research efforts might comprise many talents, many rivalries, many decades (or longer) and many zeroes after the initial 1 and dollar sign. Some would claim that this is the case for most codes involving religious perspectives. With respect to the threes phenomena, time will tell whether it has merit beyond what some might say is merely redefined numerology. If this be the case, then we "Threesological numerologists" will have a shared memory of the ride. Like those at an amusement park: it is not the getting off which they look forward to (unless of course you have a queasy stomach), but the getting on and the ride's eventfulness. For some readers, this might well sound like and sum up the definition of their sexual interests. Perhaps, without knowing, all efforts of any kind are similarly played out. Imagine then the efforts of a species without the need for an alternatively expressed sexuality. Then again, perhaps such a definition is nothing more than an expression of a simplistic imagination whose usage of analogy is primitively ignorant.

I would like to think that the usage of the word "code" does not detract from, but actually assists in unraveling one or more additional patterns for applicable consideration that may or may not involve a further understanding of the "threes phenomena". The Threes Phenomena may be nothing more than a variety of bubbles that have floated to the surface and we "Threesologists" (or Triadologists, Treologists, etc.,) are those who consider the possibility that it represents a life form... of sorts, so to speak. Whereas the "life form" may be a chemical reaction, biological entity or some hitherto unknown specimen (or speciwomen?) of activity, we researchers of the threes phenomena have made a psychic connection between the numerous "threes" occurrences and the simplistic notion of preceding activity. In other words, what has caused the occurrence?

While some would consider this notion little more than a "causally-interlinked" philosophical premise, such a definition does not answer the question. We can descriptively analyze the type of analysis, just as I initially pointed out different approaches towards attempting to unravel the "threes code", but for all the intellectual effort expended, it has nonetheless left the question open. If the presumed code is a puzzle, then what are the corner pieces? If the very many threes examples are a poker player's "Tell", then what type of hand is being held and is it all a mere bluff? But why bluff unless we already know the rules of the game?

Honesty in our attempts at unraveling such a code sometimes requires the usage of metaphor in an effort to enhance our grasp of a circumstance that has a language that is as yet indecipherable. It's a type of sign language that can be employed when the language of interpretation seems to differ from that being used for description; at least in terms of how words are used. For example, one might refer to a dog as a mutt and another refer to the same dog as a mongrel, cur, half-breed or something that is not expressed in polite company. Yet none of these expressions are employing the reference "dog", which, in a sense, can be used as a verbal form of sign language. By using an idea that is familiar to locate, identify, analyze and describe outwardly appearing disparate forms, we are provided with a sort of crutch to assist us in our first (limping along) ventures towards a possibly achievable goal with a path strewn with many divergent roads... some of which appear to have sign posts, others with mile markers, and still others marked only by our presence as observer. However, it should be noted that no matter the exacting point we place on honesty, it could nonetheless be misplaced. In short, despite all our honesty, that which we pursue could be a lie. Such is very often the case with respect to religious perspectives.

ladder (4K)

My first efforts at unraveling the threes code have been directed by applying a hierarchical formula using information derived from science. To this end I have, for the moment, placed atomic theory on the bottom rung as a sort of footing. Next in line would be the molecular and then chemistry, followed by the "biologics" of genetics. Further up the ladder would be physiological processes. States of mind would be closely associated with our ideas about the type of architecture used in the scaffolding of the ladder. Hence, instead of an open-ended from-beginning-to-end linear perspective, one might infer either a circular or retracing triangular form. It is also important to note that the word "ladder" may be envisioned by most readers as a multi-sectioned, horizontally aligned grouping of circularly fashioned linear "steps" attached to vertical supports. A few might think of a rope or chain ladder, while many others might think in terms of flat steps made of either wood, aluminum or fiberglass material, that may or may not include small metal support braces attached either with screws/bolts or rivets. Then again, others might visualize the multi-purpose ladders now in vogue or alternatively use a step-pyramid form wheel with spokes, tree with branches, a river with tributaries, a planetary system, etc... The present categories and image are merely for the purpose of providing a generalized illustration.

The following is another "threes-code-unraveling" formula:

tree (5K)

Yes, it is simplistic. And no, I do not know whether the usage of a hierarchically arranged list of threes, whether we use biology, ideology or something else, will ensure a desired end result. Such behavior could be little more than different forms of the numerology employed by those attempting to unravel some hidden message in religious scripture. In such a case, such a threes listing would be like the repetitions used by obsessive compulsives. We threes researchers do make an effort to avoid such a pitfall.

In the attempts to decipher a presumed "threes code", or for that matter any code, we accumulate information that we consider has some type of associative relevance. Other information may be placed into a folder and packed away into some form of memorization process, since there is "something about it" that gives the impression of being relevant, yet one can not quite put a definable finger on the exact nature of the importance. As we continue gathering information a sort of "picture" or frame-work of a picture comes to mind like a fragmented picture or letter that has been torn into several pieces. For one reason or another, which may be nothing more than justification based on an expenditure of energy, our curiosity is piqued. We've "got to know" what the letter says, what the picture looks like, or what animal made a particular sound. It's like hearing a knock at the door and wanting to know who (or what) made it. Often-times (for me), it is three knocks. (Even though I have yet to find anyone or thing at the door, outside a window, beneath the floor boards, above the ceiling or on the other side of a wall.)

As with code breaking, if an occurrence takes place once or only a few times, the experience(s) can leave one in a perpetual state of guessing, denial, or supposition, that may further render them into a superstitious frame of mind. The old mystical, magical or maniacal disposition so characteristic of those who "dabble" in periodically exercising activities reminiscent of ideas many of us might label the occult; which can include numerologically focused efforts whose only direction is to repeat one or more occult or cultish events... Like kids playing with a Ouija board but never grow out of playing this type of "Mysterium" game.

Yet, code breaking is like any other activity humans engage in. While several people can come up with the same expression, though they may have take different paths, it can be interpreted differently. Rarely are different interpretations viewed as a further extension of the "code" still to be deciphered. Each views their interpretation as "THE" answer, instead of looking upon them as pieces of the puzzle as well.

Those who are listening (or reading about) one or more interpretations may judge falsity or veracity through an association of where, when and who (or what) is in the context. For example, if I were to talk about developing and deciphering a "threes code" while standing in a University lecture hall while wearing a researcher's white smock, you might be inclined to interpret the information differently than if I were sitting on the step of a drug store while wearing a flannel shirt and torn jeans. For you and others like you, context is an important criteria for applying merit to content. It is like someone shopping for a specific over-the-counter medicine. To them, a name brand product must be purchased at a higher price than a store's own brand, even when both are labeled with the same ingredients. People buying the higher cost name brand read additional ingredients into/onto the label so they can rationalize the extra cost because, for example: "the ingredients are purer". By changing the word medicine with religion or politics, some readers will begin to understand how a religion or political group are chosen by them as adults, their childhood (religious/political enculteration) experiences notwithstanding.

Religion and religious adherents rely on numbers when ministering just as do politicians such as in the case of political polls, though their proclaimed truth can be misinterpreted and misleading. But science is not exempt from the "numbers game" regardless of how much data is accumulated and sorted in one way or another. One big difference between politics, religion, science and the present "Threesological" perspective is historical presence. Science, religion and politics have long histories, amongst most cultures. While we can find a usage of "threes" by some groups in antiquity, many of which aligned their views with some religious/mythological inclination, there appears to be no distinct Threesological perspective devoid of an underlying superstitious penchant. While an interest in "threes" may lead us along corridors where "threes" have been used in conjunction with superstition and religion, searching for and listing such threes examples does not mean we advocate the catalogued views... like an anthropologist who makes a study of headhunting— this doesn't mean they secretly practice head hunting... then again, you never know about some of those cultural anthropologists who, instead of bones through their noses, they stick metal trinkets instead.

In some instances it is helpful to understand the strategy employed by other code breakers so that their approach can be adopted in toto (totally), or at least some portion thereof. While those of us interested in the "threes" phenomena may initially say we are searching for an "origin" code, we are flexible enough to realize that this word may have to be altered as the evidence unravels not only one or more directions but a portrayal of that which may not be at all expected.

From my perspective, the evidence thus far suggests we are environmentally influenced to be genetically predisposed to conceptualize many of our ideas, perform many of our activities and grow physiologically along a 1-2-3 maturational development sequence. Yes, I realize this is a generality needing more specificity. Such is the code I am trying to break, or at least unravel to a degree where some future threes researcher might obtain some Eureka! illumination.

Unraveling the evidence into some initial makeshift deciphering tool has led me to interpreting a variety of texts as code manuals: Cook books, how-to instruction booklets, pamphlets or front-and-back page pictorial diagrams, self-help guides, rules affixed to the backside of a container's top cover, clothing tags, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, etc... Yet, some of these in a few instances can be found to be so difficult to understand that a person needs another code book to decipher information that is written in a style so cryptic as to befuddle anyone expecting to find a usage of everyday "common sense" language. Many people are so confused by the so-called "easy-to-understand" instructions that they are forced to return the merchandise back to the place of purchase. They shake their heads in disbelief that a company would allow an idiot to write the how-to guide. Sure, it's easy for someone at the company to put the item together, but only after they have been duly trained over an extended period of time. Some companies will even pat themselves on the back for producing an instruction sheet that "anyone" can follow, yet their interpretation and definition of "anyone" is based on a selectively chosen single person or group of those they consider to be "everyday people" with an average intelligence. Needless to say that the criteria used by some companies in judging what they mean by "easy to understand" and "average person" is extremely laughable. The "one size fits all or most" is often-times an inappropriately applied S.O.P (Standard Operating Procedure) that has been internally directed awry from the real world outside the company's doors, neighborhood, or larger territorial coverage.

Similar to a "threes code" decipherment might be the attempt by some to unravel the origin of life from a Primordial Soup premise. As such, some believe that life began as a conglomeration of different ingredients that were somehow mixed together into a porridge-like ensemble. Some such researchers are not only hoping to produce the initial building blocks of life (the macromolecules: DNA, RNA, Proteins), but perhaps some simple life form as well. The "contest" amongst different researchers is to discover the recipe employed by conditions assumed to have existed billions of years ago regardless if someone wants to claim the initial cook to have been one God, many gods, or be it named the environment or something/someone else. Because there are three main macromolecules and each has an underlying three structure (DNA and RNA have triplet coding systems while Proteins have a Primary, Secondary, Tertiary structure... with a composite of these called the Quaternary structure); all of us may be searching for the same code formula without an inter-discipline acknowledgment thereof.

Even though the hidden code of DNA, RNA and Proteins all turned out to contain a three-patterned arrangement, not to mention that Physicists use a Three-families of fundamental structure for atomic particles; the work of those involved with the threes phenomena has been considered to be numerology, while their usage of threes is defined as significantly non-numerological. Granted distinctions in several instances can be made, but the underlying usage of a "three" speaks volumes of alternative consideration. To this end, even we "threes phenomena" researchers recognize the usage of three-patterned examples by some self-proclaimed expert or specialist to be a variation of numerology. Often-times such specialists employ the usage of a "three" (with or without adopting other numbers) in order to manipulate someone to make a purchase of something or other from them. In such instances, their particular usage of a "three" model (words, numbers, symbols, repetition, etc.) is for manipulation... for good or ill, despite their claims otherwise.

Sometimes, I am wary about the usage of numbers by all humans. I think that the usage of numbers (and our present alphabets, etc.) will one day be replaced by something else... thus suggesting we are all blind to a far greater available truth; and that our present symbols (sound patterns included), are like the bumps on a page used by the blind, and are not a three-language Rosetta stone we might want to conclude will assist us in discovering some ultimate answer to whatever question we might want to propose.

We Threesologists, Triadologists, etc., are cognizant of the possibility that the "Three" could be little else than a mile marker along the developmental cognitive trek of humanity. It could be a phase of mental development that humanity uses as a tool or a means to fashion one or more tools like fire, water, and raw ore. Whereas we humans have defined a stone age, iron age and technology age, it might be of value to consider the possibility that the "threes phenomena" is a type of "age" still in the making. No less, there may be other types of "ages" that have remained unacknowledged but have, are or will occur. Humanity is considerably arrogant and ignorant when it comes to thinking about thinking about itself. Far too many people assume that when an idea becomes publicly accepted, it represents a preeminent standard of truth. Hence, the so-called truth becomes ritualized in thought to the point of becoming a tradition... with or without applicable veracity.

We have repeatedly used the idea of a Stone Age, Iron Age, and the like, as acceptable categories of generalization that are widely interpreted as specifics. Such categories are compartmentalizations which very often (like so many other categorizations), incline the majority of people to adopt a similar frame of perception and deny their own original interpretations. Governments, religions, Corporations, etc., like the idea of the majority thinking as they do, or at least not opposing what is proposed by them. Frequently however, those who do offer an opposition, do so within the same framework. For example, someone opposing a religious view typically offers an alternative religious view, and not something that is wholly new. Generally, most people understand opposition of one thing only in the context of the same topic. They have difficulty making sense of argumentation that appears to their "common sense" as being unrelated. To them, apples, oranges and lemons are different topics of discussion. For someone to describe them singularly as fruits was at one time an original idea that took a period of time for them to appreciate. Such is the same for ideas being postulated about the "Threes Phenomena."

Let us not overlook that the concepts of the Christian Trinity and Hindu Trimurti are later designations. They were not part of the early religious views. The very many "threes" exhibited in the life of Jesus is another indication thereof because the frequency of appearance in the later New Testament overshadows those Threes examples portrayed in the earlier Old Testament, unless someone wants to argue that the characters in the Old Testament are more significant than the Threes in the Life of Jesus. Such an example illustrates that the mind of humanity had not (biologically-maturationally-organically) developed to this ability. Hence, such categorizations are indications of a brain that is changing.

The Christian and Hindu Trinities were once original ideas that most people did not grasp. Such was the same for Freud's Id- Ego- Superego and Einstein's 3-part E = MC2 (Energy equals Mass time the Speed of Light squared), Physic's three families of fundamental particles, the three laws of motion, the A-B-O blood typing system, Trigonometry, etc... Most people today have difficulty in viewing their chosen Trinity (be it in religion, science, industry, business, politics, sports, clothing, etc...) as a particular type of cognitive organization. The very many "threes" are a clue to a brain development subjected to the effects of a particular environment. Such is the nonsense of so-called truth. Presenting such people with a multiple and varied list of "threes" forces them to look outside their typical mental framework. While some are (momentarily) accepting, most will shortly retreat to their norm, while a few may offer another number category and even fewer will pursue an extended look from this perspective. The Threes Phenomena is indeed a new Vista. But we Threes Researchers are not lost by way of memorized mesmerisation on this plateau. We "Threes" researchers know all too well that the Threes Phenomena may be a clue to a far wider terrain of exploration. We are die-hard explorers taking the first 1- 2- 3 steps forward. But fear not, we will leave a series of three bread crumbs for those courageous enough to follow the clues.

Your Questions, Comments or Additional Information are welcomed:
Herb O. Buckland