Mirrors, Mirrors, on the Walls

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07/22/2008 11:14 AM |

The Science section of the Times is filled with gems today, particularly their article on mirrors. Here’s the rundown:

-Mirrors make us work harder, cheat less, and be more helpful when we’re in a room with one.

-Except when socially accepted stereotypes (“politicians are liars” “lawyers are crooks”) pop up, and then in the presence of a mirror we’re more likely to agree with them.

-They help resolve mysterious neurological disorders, like the phantom limb syndrome.

-They make us think we’re prettier than we are (as in, when faced with an array of images, one of which is uglier than we are, one of which is untouched, and one of which has been enhanced, we think we’re the enhanced, prettiest one–because of mirrors).

-Mirrors make us believe other, more boring things that also aren’t true.

Mirrors–can’t live with them, can’t live without them, as they say. My most recent birthday present from my mom was a small mirror that you can fold. I don’t know why she gave that to me. “It’s from Japan!”

2 Comment

  • I think that last part of the article is wrong, the half size rule. Or else I’m just confused, which is certainly possible…

    this part:

    Both answers, it turns out, are wrong. Outline your face on a mirror, and you will find it to be exactly half the size of your real face. Step back as much as you please, and the size of that outlined oval will not change: it will remain half the size of your face (or half the size of whatever part of your body you are looking at), even as the background scene reflected in the mirror steadily changes.

  • Because I thought you might like a mirror at work or in your purse. Sooooorrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyy.