The Power of Historical Analogy

Theories can be used to glean an understanding of overall societal trends. This is why it is important to study history.

Laws conserve themselves, trends conserve themselves. The only thing that changes is the way in which things manifest from time to time.
Historical Analogy: Societal foreseeing approach based on historical hypothesis; the past developmental pattern of human society can be used as a historical analogical model for future society (Yoneji Masuda, The Information Society as Post Industrial Society (1980), 160).

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