The Mirror Paradox

Cindy Crawford Face to Face

Cindy Crawford In a Photograph

Cindy Crawford In a Mirror

Cindy Crawford In Vertical Mirror

Cindy Crawford 4 Way Mirror

Cindy Crawford Front to Back

Scarlett Mirror Unflipped

Scarlett Mirror Flipped Lipstick

Obama Right Reading

Obama Back Reading

Obama Freaky Mirror

Cindy What About Type

Cindy In the Mirror Reading

Cindy Read Your Own Shirt

In-Class Task

In a brief comment in the Reply field below, describe our common misconception about mirrors and why it’s so hard to talk ourselves out of the illusion that they flip images.

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27 Responses to The Mirror Paradox

  1. davidbdale says:

    Funny, Corinne, I was just using that technique a couple of minutes ago.


  2. mrmba1 says:

    Mirrors don’t flip left to right, rather front to back. It’s easy to think of it as left to right, but if that was the case they would look odd, as in the Scarlett example.


  3. justheretopass says:

    Our common misconception about mirrors is that it flips horizontally. In reality we are just reading through the image. We are reading through the back of the image in front of the mirror which is why it looks flipped from left to right.


  4. thecommoncase says:

    It is difficult to think of mirrors in this way since it is not as simple as a mirror flipping an image horizontally. We say that a mirror is flipped just because that is the way our mind views and comprehends a mirror image.


  5. carsonwentz1186 says:

    When we look at mirrors, we tend to think the image we see is flipped because things are on the opposite side from where they are in real life. It is hard to talk ourselves out of this illusion I think because it is such a common occurrence in everyday life and we never really think much of it, but just to accept it and move on with our day.


  6. rosekyd says:

    It’s hard to talk ourselves out of believing mirrors flip images mainly because of how it appears logically to the human brain. When we look into the mirror we see the things on our left appear to be on our right and the other way as well so it makes sense that this would be correct although it’s not.


  7. Mirrors don’t flip side to side, but they flip from front to back. It’s so hard to talk ourselves out of the illusion that they flip images because when we look in the mirror, text on clothing is flipped. This makes us think that the mirror is flipping from left to right.


  8. kobebryant32 says:

    Mirrors don’t flip images. When we look in a mirror it appears that our right and left sides are reversed. What really happens is the mirror has inverted us front and back.


    • davidbdale says:

      We’re used to seeing photographs of ourselves in which the names on our shirts read correctly, but we can’t spin 180 degrees and look at ourselves from the front. The mirror tricks us into thinking that’s what’s happening. It isn’t.


  9. christianity19 says:

    A conception that we have with mirrors is that it we can see the image or item side by side rather than how our eyes see it horizontally.


  10. imgoingswimming says:

    When we look at our right shoulder it is still our right shoulder in the mirror, but the mirror rather shows a front-to-back type image. This is why words can be flipped when we read them in a mirror.


    • davidbdale says:

      That’s an important fact that’s hard to keep in mind. My right shoulder is both on my right and, when I look at the image of myself, still on the right side of that reflection of me. If I were really standing in front of myself, THEN the image of me would be flipped.


  11. icedcoffeeislife says:

    With a mirror, it is showing us our reflection, which instead of flipping our image it is rather front to back we can see this in the Obama example above. This is the major misconception when it comes to mirrors.


  12. kobebryant32 says:

    It is hard to talk ourselves out of the illusion because it is all we know and see


  13. person345 says:

    It is believed that a mirror flips an image left to right. It does not. Instead, a mirror does not flip at all, it appears inverted, front to back. This is because when you look in a mirror and wear something that has writing on it, the words will appear backward. It is like looking down on something you are wearing and it shows the words inverted.


  14. metro111c says:

    Mirrors do flip images the way we see it in a mirror all texts gets flipped so we read it right to left instead of left to write.


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