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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21 Responses to The Mirror Paradox

  1. spaghettitacosforthesoul says:

    Cindy Crawford a well know model with a distinctive beauty mark on the right side of her face. but she sees it on the left side of her face, we know it’s on her left side, but it looks like it’s on the right side. But when she sees herself in a photograph the way we see her is the way she sees herself. and the same goes with a mirror.
    What’s the difference between left and right and up and down, whats the rule that flips the mirror left and right? Answer, mirrors don’t flip things at all. They flip things front to back. We assume that mirrors manipulate an object but it doesn’t at all.

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  2. littlecow24 says:

    We have believed that mirrors flip our image, because we have always knows that when looking in a mirror our right side is actually out left side. It’s hard to talk us out of it because it’s all we have known and it seems logical. We are just made to believe that when we look into a mirror we see the flipped image of what other people see in real life and photographs.

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  3. ilovedunkinoverstarbucks says:

    The misconception about mirrors is that they can change an appearance when in reality they do not change an appearance how ever they just switch it around due to the mirror’s properties. We are sill reading left to right however the mirror flipped it front to back.

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  4. gingerbreadman27 says:

    A common misconception about mirrors is that they front to back and not left to right. Its difficult to talk ourselves out of the illusion because its not something you question everyday. Also you just understand that is how mirrors work and overlook the fine details that distinguish the two possibilities.

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  5. lokiofasgard24 says:

    We commonly misconceive the way mirror flip images. It’s easy to say that mirrors flip from left to right. We believe this because when we look in a mirror something we know to be own our left side looks as if it is now on your right from 1st person point of view.

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  6. kingofcamp says:

    We are so used to the idea that mirrors flip objects right to left but mirrors actually flip things back to front which it completely counterintuitive. It is hard to talk ourselves out of this idea because we are so used to it. When something is counterintuitive to our own beliefs it is hard to change our perspective.

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  7. zzbrd2822 says:

    Our common misconception about mirrors is that we assume that the image that we see in the mirror is flipped left-to-right when in actuality it is flipped front-to-back. It is hard to talk us out of our common misconception because we have always known that when looking in a mirror our right side is actually our left side. It is a logical conclusion that we have come to, but that is not the case.

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  8. levixvice says:

    The common misconception of the idea of mirrors flipping images of ourselves, but never consider with how people see us from left to right than the mirror can only reflect the front and back sides. Because the mirror’s purpose is to see our faces for any blemishes from the front.

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  9. Lunaduna says:

    After reading this, I now know that mirrors do not flip images left to right, rather than flip the image from front to back.
    – Mirrors reflect light

    Have you ever seen the written word “AMBULANCE,” or “POLICE” on a car
    – When looking in the review mirror, you see the words written the correct way, but looking at these cars in front of you, the words would be written backward.

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  10. toastedflatbread22 says:

    Our common misconception about mirrors is that they flip images. We think that they reflect the opposite image of what we actually look like. It is hard to talk ourselves out of this illusion because it is complicated to think about what mirrors actually do-they let us look at ourselves as if we were looking through our transparent backs to our front. Nothing is being flipped, however it seems that way, especially when we look at text in a mirror, which looks flipped, but is not actually changed at all.

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  11. cfalover says:

    The common misconception of this is that we believe mirrors flip images left to right, but they in fact don’t. It is our for our brain to talk ourselves out of this misconception because we are so used to seeing and believing it flips images this way. Instead of being flipped, the mirror is like looking through our backs to the front of us or the image.

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  12. chickendinner says:

    Most people think of mirrors as flipping things horizonatally because they see themselves as being flipped horizontally when they look at themselves in them, and that’s more straightforward to understand than the front-back flipping that actually takes place, which can be a little difficult to wrap your head around.

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  13. ziggy026 says:

    The misconception about mirrors is that we tend to think that the image we see in mirrors flip left to right. This is untrue because the mirror shows us the front and back side. This is different than what we believe, however that is what we’ve been told over time.

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  14. sunshinegirl457 says:

    It’s so hard to shake our misconception about mirrors because that’s how our brains process it. Even when it is all spelled out for us, the image still seems like it is flipped. We know that a “mirror image” is not a flip, but it’s easier for us to categorize it in this way, so people stick with that incorrect assumption.

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  15. Lily4Pres says:

    The initial understanding of a mirror is that we think mirrors flip images left to right, this is our common misconception. It’s natural for us to interpret mirrors this way. However, this is not the true case of a mirror. A mirror is truly a reflection which differs from a flipped image. A mirror shoots back exactly what the mirror is given.

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  16. frogs02 says:

    The common misconception of the mirror is that we believe mirrors flip images left to right but they don’t. It is so hard for our brain to talk ourselves out of this because we are so used to seeing things flipped, but nothing is being flipped however we think it is being flipped. Mirror doesn’t flip left to right, they flip things front to back.

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  17. calamariii says:

    The misconception with mirrors is that the image is flipped left to right because we don’t think critically about what actually takes place when looking into a mirror. We have never thought that the image isn’t actually flipped because that’s what our brains see at a base level, however, what’s actually happening is the flipping of the image back to front. This is shown by things like hand motion not being flipped but instead appears on the same side even though it appears to be the inverted arm.

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  18. nugget114 says:

    There is a misconception that mirrors flip left-to-right but it actually or that it flips front-to-back. If mirrors did flip left-to-right as casual observation leads us to believe, that in the picture with the lipstick, a mirror would flip the lipstick from Scarlett’s left hand to her right hand. It really is hard to understand the direction of how mirrors are perceiving the reflection it is giving back. For example, you would think type on clothing would flip when you look in the mirror because it appears backwards to our eyes, however, the mirror doesn’t flip the type, it just reflects it right back to our eyes exactly how it is on our bodies. Instead of saying the mirror flips anything at all, you have to understand that the mirror is like looking through the back of your body to the front of us or whatever reflection is being portrayed.

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  19. RowanAnnouncer says:

    An often misconception is that we believe mirrors flip left to right, but they don’t flip at all. We are the ones flipping making a right to left situation, a left to right situation.

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  20. strawberryfields4 says:

    While it is the common assumption that mirrors flip on a right to left axis, they actually flip on a front to back axis. We are constantly trying to talk ourselves into believing things that seem natural or correct, while they are actually quite counterintuitive. The misconception that mirrors flip images right to left is an example of a concept that we “convince” ourselves into believing. When we look in the mirror and see a “reversed” image of ourselves it is because we have moved and changed positioned, not the mirror.

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  21. kilotoon says:

    It’s a common misconception that mirrors flip our image left-to-right, when invreality is it flipped front to back. Although the reality is different than what we all believe, it is what we have been told over time.

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