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Subject:XKCD question
Time:07:01 am
Look at this XKCD. What is he holding up?
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dd_b
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Time:2010-10-28 04:45 pm (UTC)
I decided "mirror" quite quickly when I first saw it. The photons "dieing" refers to their being absorbed by something they hit, and the mirror largely prevents that and sends them back out into safe space.
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dd_b
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Time:2010-10-28 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the shape is fairly common for a mirror (tall but thin), much less common for artwork.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2010-10-28 04:53 pm (UTC)
It may have been more obvious if it had been a large round/oval shape instead, which I think is much more representative of a mirror. The test we used for deciding representative members of a category in cognitive science was, If you tell a small child to draw it, what will they draw? I think if you told a kid to draw a mirror, it would be oval instead of rectangular.
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dd_b
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Time:2010-10-28 05:49 pm (UTC)
That seems like a reasonable test to use.

I haven't seen an actual oval mirror in years and years, and I see lots of rectangular ones -- but I'm well aware that the canonical form of something in a society doesn't always match what's most common. And my personal sample is not representative, and my attention may be uneven.

Also, while I have seen oval framed art, it's vanishingly rare, which might help with discrimination.
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