The author mentions the fact that we rarely focus our eyes on mirrors (lines 39-40) primarily in order to

on October 14, 2019

Explanation please

Also would love an explanation for this one. Thanks!!

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Irina on October 14, 2019


To understand the purpose behind this fact, it is helpful to look at the context within which it is mentioned. Lines 37-39 tell us that mirrors are designed to make a two-dimensional surface appear to have depth. Note, for example .. - this phrase tells us that the author is about to provide an example of this phenomenon. ...that mirrors are among a few objects on which we almost never focus our eyes. This fact is cited in support of the contention that mirrors are designed to make a two-dimensional surface appear to have depth since we normally look at a surface but look into a multi-dimensional space - and since we look into rather than focus on the mirror, this example supports/ clarifies the idea that mirrors simulate three-dimensional reality.

Let me know if this makes sense and if you have any further questions.

on December 1, 2019

How can we rule out E? What in the passage tells us E is not supported?

Shunhe on December 26, 2019

Hi @#JW,

The issue with (E) is actually the opposite - there is no information in the passage to tell us that (E) IS supported, which is the burden of proof that we need to meet. Is there a particular spot where you think there's evidence for (E)? Let us know and we can walk through it. But psychological activity in the observer changing the shape of perceived objects is not really mentioned in the passage.

Sheikh on July 11 at 01:14AM

Why is B incorrect? Couldn't you say that when we look into a mirror we are creating a construct of the object being presented? To create that 3 dimensional image in the mirror we need to essentially conjure it up since it is 2D.