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Re: Speed Reading Course

Post by EnlightenedOne on Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:36 pm

There are multiple programs for that, i was even working on developing my own. The method of such text displaying is called RSVP - Rapid Serial Visual Presentation, google it to find some software for that; there are some good open source ones, if i recall correctly.

At higher speeds, 450-500+ wpm, you comprehension can be reduced by 10-40%, depending on you, your brain's text processing method, and other factors.

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Re: Speed Reading Course

Post by billionairekid18 on Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:11 pm

Well to be honest, I haven't really worked enough with Paul Scheele's course. I have been doing programs that are either audio or visual lately and that was my motivation for learning photo reading. If I wasn't so jam packed right now, I would venture out and work on it again. After I do the eye training program I have to better my vision I will definitely put the time and effort into Scheele's program and let you guys know the results.

Could be about a month or two before I even start though. :(
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Re: Speed Reading Course

Post by billionairekid18 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:21 pm

Hey guys, I just wanted to post an update. I made a promise that I would actually follow through witht he photo reading course and now I have. I wanted to post some insight for you guys.

I decided to get a different perspective on reading faster and after taking the photo reading course I also went through Ed Strachar's "Reading Genius" program. I have to say that I like the principals in Ed's program far more. He actually helped me break through my fears about reading and with a step by step process, I build confidence in my ability to read quickly.

For a reference point, It used to take me up to two minutes to read 1 page of writing. I would say I averaged between a minute and two minutes per page of any book. Last night, I read and fully understood a book on Albert Einstein that was 300 pages and I did it in about 30 minutes.

My conclusion is that speed reading is highly possible but your approach is what determines your ability and success. Conditioning myself for success while practicing reading at blazing speeds with Reading Genius is what has allowed me to take my reading to an entirely new level. Therefore, I highly recommend Reading Genius to anyone interested in improving their ability to read.

On a side note, I've started Evelyn Wood's speed reading program and it has some really good strategies for reading faster if anyone is interested. It's boosted my power even further.
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Re: Speed Reading Course

Post by EnlightenedOne on Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:50 pm

I've been training too, since my last message here, mostly with EyeQ and my own brain development apps. I can read comfortably at 650-700 wpm now, without a bigger comprehension loss.

And Photoreading has been debunked many times, already. Statistically, it worked for about 1% of people. Welch's Subliminal Dynamics from which PR has been derived has had much larger success rate (two figures). Having some background in cognitive sciences, I can say that speeds mentioned by PR afficionados are far from human processing speed. Many people have troubles processing what they are reading at their standard reading speeds, not to talk about multiplying that speed by factor of 10-30. And PhotoReading in it's basic format is contradictory to the scientific method of active reading, and Scheele's claims that subconscious brain will do all the work some day is ridiculous. Subconsciousness has been researched for some time, now, and there's no base known for claims like this.

Strachar's courses are pragmatical and well thought. He has good background and competence to do this, and all of his courses have been approved by the community. My recommendation for you would be to DL and try EyeQ (if you haven't already); it's a software that has had big impact on my approach to reading process.

Wood has one traditional approach that will be good for materials with smaller difficulty degree; it won't even be enough for pre-reading process in more complex algorithmic analysis books or anything at that level. But this is true for most of the speed reading methods, and only effective reading methods comprised of SR/PR (P != Photo, P=Power) methodologies might be efficient faster reading methods for this type of material.

Also, your claims of fully understanding a 300 page biographic book read in 30 minutes has arose many questions in my mind. Although it's not a complex read, I would still like to ask you some questions (on which you don't need to answer, of course; it's more rhetorical in a way):

- Being a book on Einstein's life, it has most certainly mentioned theories of relativity and special relativity, along with other Einstein's discoveries, and brief descriptions of each one. Do you fully understand them (from what's provided)? Have you memorized the formulas?

- Can you recall majority of the important dates, and recite them in proper order (ie. storytelling of his life)?

- Reading at that speed disables most of your active reading facilities, and it's not the same like when you have a minute or two per page, for example, and you can critically analyze the main points, look at them from multiple perspectives, and engage in other methods of active thinking. How well do you understand Einstein's decisions, his character, and his life?

... etc... I could continue like this for some time, and I believe I wouldn't get the best responses to that type of questions.

If I have mistaken here, and you can fully and impromptu answer my questions, accept my apologies, then. You would be one very rare human actively reading at ultrasonic speeds. I would approximate your reading speed to be 4k-10k wpm, depending on the number of words in that book.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Re: Speed Reading Course

Post by billionairekid18 on Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:45 am

The books detailed his personal life far more than his scientific life and they did not detail his work on relativity or special relativity at all which I was extremely saddened by. As my hope was to understand more about the work he did than his personal problems with his marriage. As far as being able to recall exact events in his life, that was not my purpose for reading.

Each person has a different purpose for reading and that will change what they get out of a book compared to what I get out of reading the same book. And PR works very well as it is now helping me study for the ACT which I will retake in December and then I'm off on my way to college shortly after.
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