From The Lopsided Ape: Evolution of the Generative Mind, by
Michael C. Corballis:
Irving Biederman ...
has proposed a set of 36 generalized cones that he calls
geons, which is short for "geometric
ions". He suggests that this basic vocabulary is sufficient to generate
virtually all of the shapes we know, at least to the point at which they
can be recognized. The geons are chosen, moreover, so that they are as
discriminable from one another as possible, even when rotated into different
I liked the name and "geonetics" was
already taken, so GEONius it is!
Our plaster ceilings at home have a repeating flower pattern made by rotating
a circular brush back and forth while the plaster is wet. When the sun is at
the right angle, one of the petals on one of the flowers looks like a big-beaked
penguin in a Nehru jacket - or maybe that's just my Linuxishness
tweaking my perception! (I added the buttons and the eyes!)