The triadic model comprised of substances, practices and self is a metaphor on which to predicate mundane thus less rigidly specified senses of consciousness, relatively clear but yet-to-be-substantiated apprehension about others/substances, and self-images.
It aims to overcome the familiar dichotomous worldviews, such as mind vs. body, subjects vs. objects, self vs. others, etc.
It builds upon an ontology that the world is saturated with innumerable things. In the world of innumerable things, patterns emerge simply because some events and phenomena occur more or less frequently than others.
Human ways of knowing the world of innumerable things are hypothetical and inferential by taking advantage of the emergent patterns.
Insofar as human beings belong to the world of innumerable things, their thoughts and actions are also such emergent patterns. In other words, they can never be certain about whether or not some a priori defined principles or laws operate so that particular events and phenomena can be predicted. In order to avoid overestimating our capacity of predicting the future, it is important to devise ourselves with a tool with which to include ourselves as emergent patterns in our mundane examinations of a variety of encounters in everyday life.
The triadic model serves as such a tool. Typically, it sheds light on our skills and knowledge enacted in mundane imagination (hypothetical inference). Furthermore, it tells us the critical importance of interactions between two or more actors who each supplement information to make sense of their encounters. We can apprehend particular properties/attributes and contexts. These are examined by reference to each one’s sense of evaluative/moral appropriateness. We need to see anything in ways that is taking place in interactions between one and a variety of others regardless of human actors or material artifacts. More importantly, overcoming dichotomous worldviews can be done not by critical reflection but by forward-looking: passing one’s turn to others in ways that encourage them to take their turns. In the end, no one can account for one’s once-occurring sense of evaluative/moral appropriateness at a particular point in time and space. We should acknowledge that no one can directly observe what one is doing. We can only infer what we are doing from responses from others.
The triadic model is the key to renew our understandings of morality and ethics as well as consciousness, mind and self.