“… a proven stimulus of innovation —  the meeting of unlike minds.”
Thomas Stewart, 2001

The Unlike Minds Logo

We’ve had lots of comments about the wireframe device that makes up the Unlike Minds logo, so much so that we thought it best to have a page on the site to which to direct people. It’s actually a special geometric form known as a Spherical Diakis Icosahedron. Only the front of it is shown otherwise it gets rather confusing. It’s used to represent the geometric archetypes central to the i-Space Navigator: the digital navigation environment on which Davids Oliver and Dickinson, and more recently, David Alexander, are working.

The Geometry

The Diakis Icosahedron is the simplest form that accommodates each of the platonic solids: the tetrahedron; cube; octahedron; icosahedron and dodecahedron. More about those later.

It is one of the geometric archetypes central to the i-Space Navigator: the digital navigation environment on which David Oliver and David Dickinson, and more recently, David Alexander, are working (yes the three Davids!)

The Sacred Geometry: 15 Hoops around the World

There is rather more to it than that however. The Spherical Diakis Icosahedron is considered by many scholars to be a profoundly important sacred geometry form, seen in ancient texts and celebrated in dance and artwork of indigenous people around the world. Made up of 15 hoops it represents the world’s gnosis or consciousness and therefore symbolises the totality of information.

The Sacred Geometry: Five Platonic Solids

There are still more layers of symbology. That same totality has been represented since prehistory by five platonic solids:

The first four have long represented the alchemic elements: fire; earth; air and water, the fifth, aether or gnosis (collective consciousness). Together they are symbolic of diversity coming together to create the whole – the five representing totality. They are known as the Platonic solids as they follow the mathematical rules first conceived by Plato. As with all geometries there is a sort of spatial lowest common factor: one shape into which all the others fit mathematically and physically.

For the Platonic solids, that lowest common factor form is the Spherical Hexakis Icosahedron. Plato believed this form to be profoundly important, of utmost secrecy and described it as the Cradle of the Goddess.

The animation shows all five elements come together (unique elements coming together to form a totality) as in the meeting of Unlike Minds.