The other day I was on the computer in the library, working on notes for my final. The computers were placed next to the tall windows which faced the walkway outside. As I worked, I noticed that many people were looking in. It felt uncomfortable, but I knew that they weren�t looking at me: they were checking out their reflections. About eight out of ten people casually and not so casually followed their moving bodies mirrored on the glass. It�s a small strangeness that people can be captivated with the image of themselves in motion. It�s different from looking into a mirror because that face is still. I don�t think many people have huge dance studio setups or mirrors large enough to capture a short walk. Mostly women did this, but I caught many guys changing their walk slightly. I find this lower-cased narcissism fascinating.
My genius professor walked by without paying any attention. He did not turn his head once.