Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by JimmyJames, Jul 17, 2001.

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1. ### JimmyJamesMaster JediRegistered Senior Member

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Last night I found myself watching a program about a new way of reading called photo reading... I was woundering if anyone knew of it and if it worked? So if and one would like to put in a few words about it I would very happy. thanks

3. ### bob24uRegistered Member

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I have also seen this infomercial, and was wondering how difficult this photo reading is? Or if it is even possible. Any comments would be great!

Thanks

5. ### Anon1268Registered Member

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Hope im not 'getting the wrong end of the stick' here, I have NOT seen the 'infomercial' as I am from the UK.

I remember seeing, a long time ago in a forgotten corner of the internet, a piece of software which breaks text files down into words, then displays a small box in the centre of the screen which 'flashes up' these words in the correct order, at a very fast rate. The theory is that the brain can cope with reading much faster if it does no thave to filter out the extra noise of the words around it, and the software supposedly increased your reading speed when using it. I was dubious, and still am, but a piece of software like this would not be hard to write, for experimental purposes.

I am dubious because I think reading a text requires understanding of both the atomic elements (i.e. letters which make up 'words' - as far as reading goes, the smallest 'atom' we seem to need to worry about is the word ) and of the entire context, i.e. the words which surround others. Maybe not... it might be an interesting experiment. Notice how, when glancing at a single word, it is almost impossible to look without 'understanding' or reading the word.

Hope this is somewhere near the mark!

If 'Photoreading' is something else entirely:

Oops! sorry!

7. ### bassguymikeRegistered Member

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I just was watching a Photo Reading infomercial a few moments ago, I came right to the internet to learn more about it.

15. ### CrisIn search of ImmortalityValued Senior Member

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I wanted to find some truly independent reviews but there doesn't seem to be any. That's a worry. And I'm not about to trust the tetimonials published by the vendors.

Cris

16. ### Anon1268Registered Member

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I have come to the conclusion that, good idea as it may be, we all naturally practice this form of reading in some way or other... flicking through a magazine in a shop, or a book in a library, or even flicking through news on the internet. It *IS* a marketing ploy. I have no doubt that there is something in it, scientifically speaking, however - and if it takes marketing to bring that to the attention of someone with slightly more honorable goals than 'making a quick buck' then so be it.

All the articles talk about reading as if it is a laborious task. To me this is nonsense. I ENJOY reading, and i like to savour the use of language and appreciate it for the art form it is, *100%* of it. not '10% is material, 90% is filler'. I agree, PhotoReading could be useful for reading technical documents and books quickly, but i sincerely suspect that any of us *with learning skills* do so to an extent anyway...

I gave 'StereoReading' a go yesterday ( kind of like photoReading, with slight differences ) and found that it gave me a headache, but I *do* have some (albeit miniscule) recollection of the texts i read - not in anything like the detail i would like, but then I'm not sure i did it right. I'm sticking to enjoying reading for now...

17. ### bassguymikeRegistered Member

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yeah photo reading my be a marketing ploy, and I do enjoy reading books to gain the full benifit that the author intended, but I still think it would be cool to tell someone that you can read 693,000 words be minute like the guy on the infomercial...

18. ### aejulietRegistered Member

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wow

i think photo reading really is something..
its a very cool concept
something that i am sure will eventually work for me
it seemed to me that i really experience the "high" that the webmaster was talking about
wow... this is so cool
a look into the human brain...
so cool
i felt like i used a part of me that was never used b4
everyone should try this (not buy the 250 dollar thing. i never did just try out stero reading)

19. ### batmanRegistered Member

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I visited lots of sites - the origin of speedreading:

I visited lots of sites, intrigued by the radio ad (informercial) over the past few weeks.

Started with a Google search, and ended up finding out the origin of speedreading, and lots of other related "accelerated learning" information...

Visit my "Surfing History" and you can also find out why you don't need to spend \$250US

necessarily, the info. is out there!

http://batman.getmyip.com/SurfingHistory/2001/09/15.asp

Just thought I would make my 2 hour obsessive surfing session benefit others

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20. ### aejulietRegistered Member

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wow...
nice work
ill check them out soon
thx a lot for the info!!!!

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Cris

clearly u did not visit http://totl.net/STI/athome/

see how to u/l d/l units to your brain

22. ### kmguruStaff Member

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Start by getting those large letter books that kids and older people use. Scan the book from page to page at first slowly. Practice with a relaxed mind. You will be able to get the gist of the book.

Then do the same with subjects that you like, this time with normal size fonts. The brain soaks from larger (12 point and up) faster than smaller fonts. It is because of the resolution and how brain processes the information.

Then practice and practice...

23. ### defrothRegistered Member

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I've heard about it. Actually I'm watching it as I type this. I figured I'd Google it. If this does work then I could really use it.