Single Idea 4043

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 3. Representation]

Full Idea

An elephant may be fully represented by nine primitive shapes ('geons'), but it may require as few as three geons in appropriate relations to be correctly identified.


A 'geon' (Biederman 1987) is a geometrical ion, or basic shape

Gist of Idea

Elephants can be correctly identified from as few as three primitive shapes


Alvin I. Goldman (Phil Applications of Cognitive Science [1993], p.7)

Book Reference

Goldman,Alvin I.: 'Philosophical Applications of Cognitive Science' [Westview 1993], p.7

A Reaction

Encouraging the idea of the mind as a maker of maps and models